The volunteers who run the Town of Lincoln, Massachusetts have proposed spending roughly $100 million of taxpayer funds to demolish the current K-8 school building, move the students into trailers for three years, and construct a new building in roughly the same location within the 71-acre campus.
Perhaps it is time to consider the higher-level question of “Given our desire and ability to pour additional financial resources into school spending, how can we make our school better?”
This site provides background and supports discussion on at least the following topics:
- What are the Lincoln Public Schools? (544 students in K-8, roughly 440 of whom live in Lincoln, 84 of whom come from Boston via the METCO program, and about 20 of whom are children of teachers who live in nearby towns; there is also a preschool program that operates in a separate building)
- What do people who teach and learn in the school every day say would improve our schools?
- What is the focus on school building costing the town?
- How do the Lincoln Public Schools compare academically to other Boston-area schools?
- How do Lincoln’s taxes and financial resources compare to other towns and cities?
- How much do we spend now on the Lincoln Public Schools? How much will we be spending if we borrow $100 million to construct a new building?
- How far would $100 million go if used to pay teachers?
- What is the condition of the current building?
- What is the correlation between age/condition of school building and academic performance?
- What is the minimum that we could spend on the current building? (about $1 million extra per year for the next 5-6 years)
- If we do want to build a new building, should we do it with or without MSBA participation, advice, and funding?
- How will a completed $100 million town-paid building change the town?
- What about Net Zero?
- Middle Ground: Build, but don’t Bulldoze (Philip’s personal favorite plan)
Off-topic, but fun
- Comparing the proposed students-in-trailers and $100 million in spending to Magellan’s voyage and aircraft carrier construction cost
- Is school building a religion?
- Mental gymnastics required to support the Lincoln School Building projects
Down in the Weeds:
- Given the hot Boston construction market, is it possible to build a school reasonably quickly and inexpensively? (MSBA says “Yes, look how the charter schools do it with modular construction and split-system heat pumps”)
- What do other communities spend when they build a school?
- Is the Lincoln school system dragged down by poor performance at Hanscom?