FAQs

Below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions about this project. Thank you for your continued support of Natick Public Schools.


ABOUT THE MSBA:

What role does the MSBA have in this process?

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is a quasi-independent government authority created to reform the process of funding capital improvement projects in Commonwealth public schools. The MSBA participates in project funding for all approved projects as well as reviewing the design and construction process to ensure compliance with its regulations and standards.

What’s the advantage of working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)? 

The MSBA uses one cent of the states 6.25% sales tax to support municipal building projects that meet their guidelines. After a competitive application and selection process, the MSBA partners with districts accepted into the program and guides them through the architectural design and construction process and reimbursing a substantial portion of the cost. In our case, the MSBA would contribute 53% of the cost for this project. We have applied to this program for three consecutive years, and our project has finally been accepted by MSBA. If we do not take advantage of our current opportunity, we will have to go to the end of the line. This provides us with the opportunity to use these funds to help provide Natick students, teachers and community with a safer, more efficient, and updated school building to support their learning and teaching needs.

UNDERSTANDING THIS PROJECT:

Why do we need to replace, or renovate, the Kennedy Middle School building?

Kennedy Middle School opened in 1965 and has been the space where hundreds of children in Natick had exceptional education opportunities. However, with the building being over 50 years old and originally designed to accommodate 554 students, we are beyond the original building capacity.

Can you provide a general overview of the project’s space program?

The new Kennedy Middle School will accommodate a design enrollment of 804 students in grades 5-8. The new space will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and science laboratories, special education spaces, and a new cafeteria.

Where will the new school building be located?

The new school building will be located at the current school site.

When will the new/renovated school be ready for use?

If we stay on schedule with the projected timeline and receive the votes needed by the town, construction on the new building would begin in November 2018 with the building projected to be ready for use in fall 2020.

STAYING UPDATED ON PROJECT DEVELOPMENT:

How can I keep up to date on project developments?

Please visit this website for updates on the project as it progresses.

What are the next steps in this process?

We've created a 'Project Timeline' page that provides information about the steps in this process. Please visit that page for more information and see the project calendar to stay updated about community forums, milestones and all project-related information.