The Committee’s goals are to explore options for building improvements in five interrelated areas:
- Safety and security (code upgrades, supervision, security system)
- Overcrowding (classroom and cafeteria space for current and future enrollment)
- Educational delivery (instructional space, teacher planning, flexibility/adaptability)
- Physical environment (temperature control, ventilation, acoustics, lighting)
- Site (traffic flow and parking, emergency access, field improvements)
During more than 40 community and public meetings, including weekly meetings with the architects, 11 options have been considered ranging from $7 million worth of safety and security upgrades to over $200 million for a new school building.
The preliminary feasibility study has not found an option that addresses both the educational delivery and the physical environment of the building for less than $100 million. No previous study had indicated the extent of work required to improve building comfort. Significant energy and comfort improvements are only possible if both the mechanical systems and a portion of the building exterior envelope are replaced, which would cost upward of $40 million.
The Facility Study Committee is now seeking feedback from the community to consider the pros and cons of various approaches and to understand what the community views as a responsible level of investment in the existing building.
 Significant data and presentation material can be found on the Andover High School Facility Study Committee webpage: http://www.aps1.net/1932/Data-and-Presentations