Building Design Process | Presentation Posted (August 29, 2018)

Please see the Minutes & Agendas document library for updated Building Committee meeting minutes and agendas. 

Additionally, there are also building design process presentations posted in the Building Committee and Community Presentations folders under the Document Library.

New Documents Posted in Minutes and Agendas (Dec 18, 2017)

Please see the Minutes & Agendas document library for updated Building Committee meeting minutes and agendas.

[FORUM UPDATE] 10/10 Community Forum Live Video Broadcast Available for Viewing (Oct 17, 2017)

If you were unable to attend the community on October 10th, it is still available for viewing on our Facebook page and we invite you to view it today to learn more about the building project.

[PROJECT UPDATE] Ballot Question Approved for March 27, 2018 Town Election (Oct 17, 2017)

The Natick Board of Selectmen approved the inclusion of the Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion question (for the Kennedy Building Project) on the ballot in the March 27, 2018, Town Election.

New Documents Posted in Document Library (Sept 26, 2017)

Please see the Document Library for updated presentation and educational documents.

[FORUM UPDATES] New items posted and Video Recap (July 13, 2017)

Following last night's community forum, we have updated the project site document library and added new items added to the Planning Documents folder.

Additionally, the meeting was recorded on Facebook Live and can be viewed here:

[UPCOMING] Second Community Forum on July 12 @ 7pm (June 30, 2017)

The Kennedy Middle School Building Committee (KMSBC), for the Natick Public Schools, invites you to participate in the second community forum for the Kennedy Middle School Feasibility Study. Details for this forum are listed below:

Kennedy Middle School Building Project
Community Forum
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Kennedy Middle School, Auditorium

This is the second public forum—in a series of forums—that will focus on helping the community understand feasibility options for the proposed building project. The full forum schedule is (tentatively) listed as:
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017: LISTENING: Gathering community input
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017: ALTERNATIVES: Understanding the feasibility options [UPCOMING]
  • TBD, September 2017: RECOMMENDED SOLUTION: Understanding the proposed solution
Please note: an updated forum agenda will be posted on the Kennedy Building Project website: after the July 4th holiday.

The KMSBC will consider the broadest range of options and possibilities to address the operational and educational constraints of the John F. Kennedy Middle School. This forum and the subsequent forums play a vital role in that process. Please attend and share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. The focus of each workshop is different so citizens are encouraged to attend all. The workshops will build on each other.

Your feedback and input are important. We hope you are able to attend this forum. We look forward to working cooperatively with the Natick community on this great opportunity to develop a solution for upgrading Kennedy and ensuring our educational objectives are met, while also addressing much-needed building systems and infrastructure issues.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, you can watch the meeting on Facebook Live by visiting the Natick Public Schools page (

Should you have questions or comments, email the project team:

[NEW ITEMS POSTED] Document Library (June 7, 2017)

Please visit the project site document library to view new items posted.

[FORUM UPDATES] Community Forum Follow-up (June 1, 2017)

On May 31, 2017, we hosted our first community forum at Kennedy Middle School and appreciate the feedback that we've received thus far. We have uploaded the presentation into the Document Library for viewing.

Additionally, we hope that community members are able to take a moment to complete our feedback gathering survey. You can access the survey by clicking:

Thank you for your participation in this process as we work to create a new and updated presence for Kennedy Middle School!

UPCOMING] First Building Project Community Forum on May 31, 2017

Save the date:

First Community Public Forum
Kennedy Building Project
May 31st @ 7:00pm
Kennedy Middle School Auditorium

[Project Milestone] Site Selection (May 18, 2017)

The Kennedy Middle School project is a partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), Natick Public Schools and the Town of Natick. As part of the Feasibility Study with the MSBA, the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee (KMSBC) must evaluation both addition/renovation and new construction options. The project team and the KMSBC explored several potential sites in Town for consideration of a new school option including the existing JFKMS school campus. On May 3rd, the KMSBC voted to approve the existing JFKMS School campus at 165 Mill Street as the location for the new school options to study. 

The site selection analysis was approved by School Committee at their meeting on May 8th, 2017.

Architect Approved by MSBA (March 30, 2017)

On March 28, 2017, the MBSA approved Ai3, the first choice, as the architect for the Kennedy Building Project. We are appreciative of the MSBA for their work with us.

We have worked with Ai3 in the past at the Wilson Middle School and Natick High School building projects. Both projects finished on time and under budget. We are pleased to be working Ai3, as we know this project will be nothing short of an outstanding success.

For information on the possible site options for Kennedy, we encourage you to review the attached Kennedy Middle School - Possible Site Options document.

Building Project Update (February 28, 2017)

We are currently in the Designer Selection Process.

OPM prepared Request for Services (RFS) – eight (8) firms applied
OPM evaluates and reference checks applicants – sends to MSBA

Three members from the Town sit on the Designer Selection Committee at MSBA:
  • Dr. Peter Sanchioni, Superintendent
  • Dr. Anna Nolin, Assistant Superintendent
  • John Ciccarello

Designer Panel convenes at MSBA and narrows applicants to three. At this meeting, a decision can be made to select an architect. If not a second meeting will be established to interview a short list of firms.

Anticipated Timeline:
  • Submit Information to MSBA Designer Selection Panel (DSP) - 2/24/17
  • MSBA DSP Meeting - 3/14/17
  • MSBA DSP Interview (if decided) - 4/11/17
  • Negotiate Contract with Highest Ranked Firm - 4/14/17
  • Design Kickoff Meeting 4/24/17
Next milestone – Site Selection

Timeline Outline: Request for Services for Owner's Project Manager Phase (Sept 30, 2017)

The District will begin the OPM and Designer Selection procurement process. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) offered the following dates as an outline that correlate with the January 9, 2017, OPM Review Panel Meeting.

Please note that these dates are not set in stone and may be subject to change.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Last date to submit RFS and advertisement to the MSBA for review
  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Place advertisement in Central Register and local newspaper
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – Ad appears in Central Register and newspaper
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016 – Applications due to the District
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – Complete selection package due to the MSBA for review
  • Monday January 9, 2017 – OPM Review Panel Meeting

Owner's Project Manager (OPM) Selected (December 20, 2016)

We are proud to announce—after vetting proposals submitted—Compass Project Management was unanimously selected to oversee the feasibility study and schematic design’s as the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM.)

Looking ahead, the next phase of this building project will be selecting an architect, which we expect to happen in January 2017.

We appreciate your support and look forward to providing more updates in the new year.

School Committee Motion (April 25, 2016)

MOTION: The Natick School Committee appoints Superintendent Peter Sanchioni, committee members Dirk Coburn and David Mangan, and consulting advisor William Hurley as an Advisory Nominating Committee with the following charges:

The Advisory Nominating Committee shall collect by Friday, May 6, 2016, the names of nominees to the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee proposed by other appointing authorities as defined in the statutes and regulations of the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

The Advisory Nominating Committee shall review the credentials of persons who have expressed to the School Committee interest in serving on the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee. The committee may contact such persons for further information in order to possess equivalent knowledge and information about all interested persons.

The Advisory nominating Committee shall propose to the School Committee on Monday, May 23, 2016, a motion for the following purposes:

to constitute the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee,
to appoint nominees to the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee, including the nominees specified by other appointing authorities and a slate of nominees for appointment under the authority of the School Committee, to provide such other constitutional or procedural rules and guidelines as the Advisory Nominating Committee may deem useful in promoting effective operation of the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee and consistent with the rules and guidelines of the Massachusetts School Building Authority governing school building committees, and to set a first meeting date for the Kennedy Middle School Building Committee.

Natick Patch: Building Committee Members Needed for Middle School (March 5, 2016)

Natick Public Schools is putting together a building committee to assist with the replacement of the Kennedy Middle School. 

The Natick School Committee and the Natick Board of Selectmen voted to establish a building committee to assist and advise the Natick School Committee with studying the feasibility of a project to renovate, to expand, or to replace the Kennedy Middle School. 

This building committee will recommend actions in any and all phases of the investigation and implementation of such a project. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING AT PATCH.COM