On Monday October 16, the Lexington Town Meeting will convene for a Special Town Meeting
session. Town Meeting members will be presented with the plans for the new Hastings School.
Members will be asked to vote on a question that would bring the funding for the building to the voters of the Town in early December through a special debt exclusion override. This type of override allows the governing bodies in Lexington to raise the real estate taxes for the life of the loan, to fund capital projects. This does not affect the operating budget.
Design work on the project has continued. In the past two weeks, the designers met with every cohort other than classroom teachers to refine what would be needed in each specialized space. With the new Director of Instructional Technology, Jennifer Judkins, we are visiting other schools to see how technology of all types is integrated into the facilities and made easily accessible to students throughout the day. We have received approval from MSBA and DESE for our special education spaces and locations, moving that part of the planning forward.