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School Building Committee Postpones Swampscott Elementary Vote

The town-wide vote on a new district-wide elementary school will take place in the fall.

File photo.
File photo.
After much discussion and consideration Swampscott's School Building Committee voted at its March 18th meeting to postpone the town-wide vote on a new district-wide Elementary School until the fall.

“We have spoken to many people in town over the past weeks, both at our recent public forum and one-on-one,” committee Chairman Joe Crimmins said.  “It is clear to us that many people want more information and additional time to consider this very important proposal. We intend to use the extra time to make sure these details are fully addressed.”

For example, in response to questions regarding traffic and parking at the new school the SBC has commissioned an additional comprehensive traffic study.

Under the proposal, a new elementary school for all students in grades 1-4 would be built adjacent to the existing Middle School.

The current Clarke School would serve as an early childhood education center for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students.

The SBC intends to schedule additional public forums to continue to address resident questions and gather feedback.

The committee is expected to announce the date of the next forum shortly.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact any member of the SBC or email, swampscottesproject@swampscott.k12.ma.us. 

Updated information about the project may be found at the school district website, www.swampscott.k12.ma.us
School Building Committee March 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Rob, The new school will have a full size gym and a separate combined cafe/auditorium with stage. In addition, the wall between these two dedicated areas can be fully opened for large performances, school assemblies, large meetings, etc. Please see page 17, http://www.swampscott.k12.ma.us/Pages/SwampscottDistrict_MSBA/Public%20Forum%20Presentation%2003-13-2014.pdf
stm2010 March 20, 2014 at 01:53 PM
SBC according to your minutes on January 28, 2014 you received updated costs for the other options -"Hill handed out a draft MSBA’s Form 3011 for feasibility alternative E, F, G, and H showing that all the options increased in cost from the last cost estimate done during the feasibility study by similar amounts" can you please post these drafts to the website. The cost of this project is a tough sell unless you can show this is the best use of our dollars.
swampthing March 20, 2014 at 04:14 PM
I agree with stm2010. I would have no problem with the increased taxes if I thought this project was good for the town, but I'm convinced that it will make Swampscott a less desirable place to live. We do not need huge increases in traffic congestion, and we do not need our children to walk less. All this extra school commute time is a burden that our youngest children will have to bear, along with an enormous intimidating campus that's outside of their local neighborhood comfort zone. There are significant hidden costs here that aren't being considered.
The events in Murrysville, PA show us why it is not a good idea to have schools clustered in a single campus and why 200 students at 3 schools better than 600 students at a single school.
Louis Massei April 09, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Even with the set up we have now, the school department lets students back in the system that bring knives to school. Last month the middle school and in September two students on the bus from Boston brought knives to school. Who knows what else is going on? I am sure we don't hear everything.

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