Andover Sets School Planning Example; Looks to Monitor Costs

Andover town and school leaders are seeking public feedback on a “facilities assessment” aimed at developing a 10-year master plan “to help the town better plan for future capital expenditures.”

The town selected consulting firm MGT of America, Tallahassee, Fla., to “evaluate the condition of all school buildings in addition to administrative offices for the town, school department and senior center.” Three types of assessments will be conducted:

Building Condition: Evaluating roofing, windows, mechanical and electrical systems, etc.

Education Suitability: Evaluating how well the facility supports the educational program, such as if the building has the appropriate kinds of spaces and if the spaces are of appropriate size.

Technology Readiness: Evaluating how well the building’s infrastructure supports information technology.

“In addition to the facilities assessment the firm will perform a capacity and utilization analysis for the district’s schools and administrative offices,” a spokesperson said.

“MGT of America is a nationwide professional services firm that delivers a diverse range of services to a variety of public sector organizations and nonprofit groups,” according to an online statement. “MGT goes far beyond the ordinary by affirming our organization's commitment to improving the quality of life for the people served by our clients.”

The public forum “to exchange ideas and feedback on the facilities assessment being conducted” is scheduled from 6:30 until 10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Court, Andover.