Building / Grounds Projects
- 1. When does a project require a school building committee?
- 2. Who is on a building committee and how are they selected?
- 3. What does a building committee do?
- 4. What is the role and responsibility of the Board of Education?
- 5. What is the role and responsibility of the school administration (Superintendent, Director of Facilities, Assistant Superintendent, etc.)?
- 6. How can people find out what’s going on?
The Charter requires a committee when a school project “involves an application for State aid.” Whenever the Board of Education plans such a project, they notify the Board of Selectmen that a committee needs to be formed and file a set of educational specifications that have been approved by the Board.
According to the Charter, building committees consist of not fewer than seven or more than nine voting members with the number determined by the Selectmen. All voting members must be Town residents. One voting member is appointed by the Board of Education from its members. One voting member is appointed by the Board of Estimate and Taxation from its members. The remaining voting members are appointed by the RTM on nomination of the Selectmen after the BOE and BET members are chosen. There are also ex-officio (non-voting) members: (1) member of the Board of Selectmen, (1) member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, (1) staff member from the Department of Public Works, (1) member of the RTM, and (1) person designated by the Superintendent of Schools.
Building committees are responsible for supervising all aspects of the project consistent with the educational specifications approved by the Board of Education. The Charter gives the Committee “all of the powers and duties of the Commissioner of Public Works.” These include but are not limited to (a) selecting an architect and construction manager, (b) determining which approach will be used (general contractor, contractor at risk, etc.), (c) approving plans and specifications, (d) issuing bids, and (e) requesting funds. Building committees must get Board of Education approval to select and employ an architect. The Building Committee must also obtain the Board of Education’s approval of final plans and specifications before issuing construction bid documents. And finally, building committees are responsible for providing periodic progress reports to the RTM and the Board of Education.
The Board of Education is responsible for (a) working with the school administration to develop and approve the educational specifications, (b) appointing a member to serve on the building committee, (c) approving an architect based on the building committee’s recommendation, and (d) approving final plans and specifications.
The Superintendent is responsible for appointing a district administrator to serve as an ex-officio member on the building committee. The school administration works with members of the school community and others to develop the educational specifications and to provide ongoing staff support to the building committee as appropriate and requested. The school administration is responsible for submitting applications for State aid.