Fast progress on Dale St. School study

A feasibility study of the Dale Street School is moving forward more quickly than expected.

Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden gave the School Committee an update on the search at its Dec. 17 meeting, saying the district had made good progress in the process, administered by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

As Medfield had completed all the required forms ahead of schedule, Marsden said, the MSBA had accelerated matters.

“We were originally scheduled to meet with them in February or April to go into phase two,” he said. “They called us in November, and asked us to go to the December meeting (instead).”

At that session, the state said Medfield could move on to phase two of the study, which involves a more detailed examination of feasibility. Marsden said the MSBA had officially notified the town through a letter to Michael Marcucci, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen - a way to ensure the town remains apprised of developments in the study.

“I think it went well; there were only three other districts at this particular point with us,” he said. “As far as the other districts who were on the same schedule as us, we’re ahead of them.”

The next steps, Marsden said, would involve convening the local School Building Committee, which had not met yet.

School Committee Chairwoman Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke said she had been at the meeting with the MSBA. She noted that Medfield was the only town on the slate that had its state legislative delegation - Sen. Paul Feeney and state representatives Shawn Dooley and Denise Garlick - send letters in support of its application. Indeed, she said, Feeney’s office had even sent a representative to the session.

“I was very impressed, and grateful for their support,” she said.

The district is in the midst of the MSBA study, which will examine whether renovating, adding to or replacing the Dale Street School would be the optimal decision for the town.

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