ABOUT THE PROCESS

What is the process?

We have outlined the MSBA PROCESS and aligned this with our TIMELINE pages. 

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.

ABOUT THE MSBA

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

The MSBA uses one cent of the state's 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 between 40-49% of all eligible costs for this project as determined by the MSBA.

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.

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 or timeline 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.

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. 

On the ABOUT KENNEDY page, we've provided a more in-depth overview of the school community and on the PROJECT OVERVIEW page, we've outlined more about the project need.

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 2021.

Who are the key partners on this project?

The key partners on this building project are the Building Committee, MSBA, Compass, and Ai3. Learn more about the PROJECT TEAM.

ENROLLMENT

What is the current enrollment of Natick Public Schools? What is the expected enrollment rise?

Please view this enrollment presentation that was facilitated by the Superintendent to the Natick School Committee about current and expected enrollment.