CHESHIRE — The School Modernization Committee recently hired local consulting firm Milone & MacBroom to conduct an enrollment study.
The committee received two proposals — one from NESDEC and the other from Milone& MacBroom — and asked the project manager, Colliers International, to submit a a recommendation.
“Upon review of both proposals, Colliers Project Leaders recommend award to Milone & MacBroom …” read Colliers representative Chuck Warrington at the June 24 committee meeting. “We believe that, while NESDEC’s proposal addresses the request for proposal...it does not include geo-mapping services requested. The RFP clearly stated firms are required to provide mapping showing existing school districts, as well as mapping for any possible redistricting scenarios.”
Another reason cited for the decision was that Milone & MacBroom’s overall proposal seemed to be much more “elaborate and detailed” than the one presented by NESDEC. Colliers International also mentioned in the letter that Milone & MacBroom’s “local expertise and deep understanding of local trends occurring across the state will be beneficial to the school modernization studies.”
The cost of the two proposals was relatively similar. The NESDEC proposal was estimated at $14,560, without any geo-mapping services while the Milone & MacBroom proposal came out to be $19,720, which includes the geo-mapping.
The study will determine what the town can expect for enrollment in the coming years. School Modernization Committee member Matt Bowman mentioned that those numbers could be influenced by some recent housing proposals to the Planning and Zoning Committee.
“I sit on the (PZC) and we have 100 [apartment building] units coming in for a public hearing in two weeks,” he said. “… It also should be noted that in the future … there may be a complex that has been approved for 300 units. The potential exists that we could have 400 apartments coming online in the next 12 to 18 months.”
Board of Education Chairman Tony Perugini stressed the importance of the enrollment study.
“You can never have too much detail on these enrollment studies,” said Perugini.
The committee is tasked with presenting a plan for modernizing the town's public school buildings.