July 23, 2019

Aitken Elementary School Expansion

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At Fall Town Meeting held on November 19, 2018 Seekonk voters authorized the Town to borrow $1,000,000 for OPM & Design services for a 10 classroom addition to Aitken Elementary School. A Building Committee was formed and the project commenced immediately. The team has worked all winter performing geotechnical testing, site survey, existing conditions exploration, schematic design, design development and two rounds of cost estimating.

On March 20, 2019 the Design and OPM team presented the project progress and initial cost estimates to the Quad Board. As a result the School Committee unanimously voted to submit two warrant articles for the Spring 2019 Town Meeting. One article will be to construct the 10 Classroom addition. The second article will be to retrofit the existing Aitken structure with air conditioning. The new 10 classroom addition will include air conditioning. Please consider attending Seekonk’s Spring Town Meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7pm in the Seekonk High School. The articles are placed at the end of the warrant. A “yes” vote will authorize the Town to pursue a debt exclusion and will require a subsequent ballot vote that will take place in early to mid-June. For additional information please refer to Seekonk Public Schools website and the Aitken Expansion Facebook page.

Both project warrant articles are unanimously recommended for town approval by the Board of Selectmen. This project also includes the deferred maintenance recommended by the town’s Capital Improvement Committee (boiler replacement, etc.) that will extend the useful life of the school to preserve our assets. This is the next step in relieving the overcrowding at the elementary level. Thank you very much for your continued support of the Seekonk Public School system.

Kim Sluter
Seekonk School Committee Chair

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