Background & Timeline
About the Project:
In February, 2017 East Gloucester School was selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to be considered for a new or renovated school building. 90 schools submitted applications, and only 17 projects were were selected for the entire state. As part of this project, the Gloucester Schools are exploring consolidation of East Gloucester and Veterans Schools into one elementary school, with one new building to house both student populations.
We are in the beginning phase of a multi-step process to determine when and where a new school building will be built. If the project continues to move forward, the MSBA will contribute significant funding (59% of eligible project costs) to a new elementary school in Gloucester.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a new school?
Confirming a prior study, In 2014, an architectural firm studied the conditions of all of Gloucester’s elementary schools (except for the new West Parish, which was under construction.) The resulting report clearly showed that all of our schools are in great need of renovations, repairs, or new buildings, and East Gloucester showed the greatest need. Key findings about East Gloucester from the report include the following items, but it should be noted that Veterans was built at a similar time and has similar issues:
Why is consolidation of EGS and Veterans part of this project?
Both East Gloucester and Veterans are in dire need of new or renovated school buildings in order to properly educate our children. It is much less costly to build one consolidated, larger school rather than two smaller buildings. Consolidation of the schools is the most fiscally responsible choice for the city. Aside from cost, building one new school instead of two will take far less time, resulting in a new school facility for a greater number of children in less time, and will eliminate the need for temporary “swing space” to house students while an existing building is renovated or rebuilt. Further, a new school will be designed to create an intimate learning environment for elementary students.
What happens next?
The MSBA requires that our school district conduct a feasibility study to determine the best site for a new school building. On December 12, the Gloucester City Council voted to approve funding for the feasibility study. This enabled us to move forward to the feasibility study phase of the project, which will lead to a construction plan for a new school in our district.
What is a feasibility study?
A team of experts (engineers, architects, designers, etc.) will work with the School District and the MSBA to examine all potential sites in Gloucester where a new school could be built. This phase includes pre-construction work such as site evaluation, traffic and access analysis, etc. This information will be examined along with our educational program and the needs of our students. In the end, the study will enable us to make a plan for the most cost effective and appropriate solution for a new school in Gloucester, so that we can meet the needs of every child.
2014: Architects studied all Gloucester Elementary Schools (except for West Parish) and determined that East Gloucester was the most in need of a new facility.
February, 2017: East Gloucester School was selected by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to be considered for a new or renovated school building. 90 projects submitted applications, and only 17 were were selected for the entire state.
September, 2017: The Gloucester School District established the East Gloucester/Veterans School Building Committee to help oversee the new school building project.
December, 2017: Gloucester City Council voted unanimously in favor of funding a feasibility study to determine the most viable site for a new school building in Gloucester.
February, 2018: Massachusetts School Building Authority announces that Gloucester is one of six school districts in the state selected to move forward with a feasibility study.
April-May, 2018: Project Manager firm CBRE / Heery selected through an RFP process.
June, 2018: Feasibility Study commences.
November, 2018: Project Designer Dore & Whittier selected through MSBA panel selection process.
December, 2018: Dore & Whittier contracted by City of Gloucester and begins work on identifying a feasible site for new school building.
2019: Feasibility study conducted throughout the year.