Help Us Build a Great New School
The Town of Saugus has been accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) grant program for school building construction and renovation projects.
The MSBA approved the project scope and budget during their during their Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Soon after, the MSBA and the Town of Saugus finalized a Project Funding Agreement, and the Town of Saugus has proceeded into the Detailed Design phase of the Middle-High School Project.
During the Detailed Design phase of the project, the District and its team continue to advance the project and the MSBA continues to monitor the project to ensure it remains on track and meets the expectation of both the District and the MSBA as defined in the Project Funding Agreement. In general terms, the MSBA ensures that the project team works within the requirements contained in the MSBA’s Base Contracts and Base Contract Amendments for OPM and Designer Services. Additionally, the MSBA assigns a Commissioning Agent to the project who facilitates an intensive quality assurance process and ensures that the new or renovated building operates efficiently and as the owner intended. Specifically, the District and its team generate construction documents which are reviewed by the MSBA in accordance with the requirements prescribed in the above-mentioned contracts.
The figure below demonstrates which phase the Town of Saugus is in on the MSBA project pipeline:
Why do we need a new school in Saugus?
Building condition and structural issues
The Saugus High School building’s interior is failing and the overall building and systems are in poor condition. Aging systems in the current building result in significantly higher maintenance and operating costs.
High energy consumption
Energy consumption in the existing Saugus High School building is exorbitant. The steam heating system is antiquated and inefficient resulting in inadequate ability to regulate classroom temperatures. The building lacks proper insulation in the walls and roof, windows are single pane and inadequate to keep heat in the building.