January, 2013.................Volume 1, No. 5 - Special Mtg.
The Meeting in Review
On Tuesday, January 7, a special meeting of the Board was conducted for the purposes of presenting the 5-year capital projects plan, and to obtain the Board's authorization to solicit bids for the field project.
Dr. Zerbe talked about the possibilities for a capital campaign during the Field Project presentation. He talked about how the energy around the fields project and any potential capital campaign are an important part of the "vision for the future" of the Methacton School District. He is hopeful that the excitement will enable the creation of long-term and perpetual giving opportunities for all, as well as an overall atmosphere of giving and opportunity.
Project architect Dave Horn of Architerra presented the Board with a detailed overview of the recommendations for the base project bid, as well as more than 20 other items that can be included as bid alternates. The Board unanimously approved the authorization for the administration to solicit bids for the fields project.
Dr. Zerbe also delivered the 5-year capital projects plan presentation with support from Methacton's Director of Business Services, Stuart Whiteleather. As Dr. Zerbe explained during the meeting, the primary goals of the plan are to:
- Provide the Board with possible major Capital Projects needed
over the next 5 years.
- Provide the Board with information necessary to make critical
- Establish initial discussion and gain direction from Board.
- Start the dialogue around establishing a fiscally sustainable
The plan, developed after detailed discussions with building principals and Bill Jacobe, the district's facilities engineer, includes projects that are eligible under bond financing. This aspect of the plan is important, in that it is designed to work in concert with the financial planning for the fields project at Methacton High School. When bond financing is approved for the fields project, some of the resulting funds may be used to offset additional financing necessary to complete capital projects included in the plan, especially in the case that a successful capital campaign or other fundraising can be used to help fund the fields project.
All other items on the agenda, including the appointment of Dr. Michael Murphy as the district's interim director of pupil services, were approved.