With everything going on, we want to make sure you are aware that the School Building Committee (SBC) is in the final stages of deliberations before making a September recommendation to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and School Committee (SC) to build at either Hardy or Upham.
These school construction projects raise a number of significant sustainability issues.
This Thursday, August 6th at 4.30pm, the SBC will discuss sustainability.
Now is the time to weigh in as there are considerable environmental concerns around removal of significant ledge and elimination of a vibrant habitat at the Upham site with several hundred trees. The Hardy site will necessitate the removal of a smaller number of more mature trees.
In addition, Hardy currently has more students who walk to school, with a denser neighborhood, more sidewalks and nearby stores and library. On the other hand, Upham has fared better in the traffic analyses so far.
No matter which site is chosen, the SBC is planning to build a high performance school, using sustainable materials and design, with a possible goal of net zero or net zero ready energy use.
Here is a Wellesley Townsman article laying out these issues.
We hope you will tune in August 6th, and encourage you to speak out to encourage committee members to work (and VOTE!) to protect our natural resources.
You can speak up during public comment by emailing the SBC here- ahead of time- in order to get the Zoom link.
You can watch by going to Wellesley Media here.
You can also write to the following committees to voice your concerns:
School Building Committee
Board of Selectmen