Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members:
In preparation for a bond referendum later this school year, the Board of Education will meet and host tours of Hutchinson School and hold community meetings on Thursday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Oct. 4. On each day, the tour will begin at 7:00 pm outside the portable classrooms on the Fifth Street side of the building with the meeting beginning at 7:30 pm in the school gym. All are welcome to attend both the tour and/or meeting.
On the tour, community members will get a first-hand look at the Hutchinson School building, including the portables, gym/cafeteria space, classrooms and the school library. At the meeting that follows, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl H. Champ will make a brief presentation of the concepts being considered by the Board, such as different options for building additions and the possibility of creating a new Hutchinson School. The community is encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. Beforehand, we encourage you to read this Q&A on the Hutchinson School project and visit the project website for additional information.
Alternatively, guests are welcome to watch a brief video tour of the building and a simulcast of the community meeting in the portables beginning at 7:15 pm on each day.
In addition to the two community meetings/tours, the Board encourages the public to attend its upcoming regular meetings, which will each include bond-related work sessions. The Board will next meet on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8:15 pm in the Middle School library. That meeting’s work session will include discussions on the Hutchinson School façade condition with Architect Diane Kaese, a model instructional program, financing strategies and the decision analysis criteria that will be used by the Board.
Please note that with the exception of the Sept. 26 meeting, each Board of Education meeting through Dec. 5 will begin one-hour earlier at 7:15 pm. A full list of meetings and topics is available on the District website.
We hope you can attend.
The Pelham Board of Education