WPS School Building Project
June 24th - School Committee Meeting - vote to endorse schematic design.
June 29th - Select Board Meeting -vote to endorse schematic design.
July 1st - School Building Committee - final schematic design approval.
July 7th - deadline for final schematic design submission
August 25th - MSBA Board approval
Nov/Oct - Town Meeting Vote
SBC Meeting- June 8, 2021
SBC Report - June 8, 2021
BMS Tour March 2020
Why Does Walpole Need a New Middle School?
Built in the 1960's, both Bird and Johnson Middle Schools are near the end of their functional life, with structural and system deficiencies, a layout that does not support programmatic requirements, and 21st Century Learning (critical and creative thinkers - collaboration, communication). The middle schools no longer support the adequate delivery of education and programming needs to the students in Walpole.
While the MSBA accepted the proposal to replace the Bird Middle School, the resulting building project will be for a combined middle school that will accomodate the student population of both Bird and Johnson.
Compass Report 04/2021
SBC Meeting 5/13/2021
Both the Bird and Johnson Middle Schools are over 50 years old, having been built in the 1960's. Since then the community has grown greatly. The student enrollment grew by 26% between 1985 and 2000 and then an additional 11% during the next 10 years. In the early and mid-1990's, the Town and the School Committee developed plans to meet this growing need for school space. Many possibilities were considered, and in the end, it was decided to build an addition at Walpole High School, purchase the Elm Street property for an elementary school, add space and renovate Boyden and Elm Street Schools, and relocate the 5th graders from the middle schools into elementary buildings. In this solution, additional space was created for students of all grades, without the need for a construction project at the middle school level. Now, twenty years later, the middle schools are in need of either a major renovation or replacement.
In Walpole, the cost of a project of this size will require a debt-exclusion override to pay the cost not covered by the MSBA. But thankfully, this additional cost will coincide with some other debt expiring. Over the next few months, the School Committee, the School Building Committee and other Town Boards will work to determine the best educational and cost effective solution to this problem, along with input from the Community. Much more information about this project can be found below. Questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. -Nancy Gallivan, School Committee Chair