November 20, 2013

Dear Cabot Community,

I am delighted to inform you that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) voted today to invite the Cabot School to participate in the initial phase of a competitive grant program to address the school’s facility needs.  Cabot School was approved by the MSBA Board of Directors based on need and urgency. This exciting news means that the Cabot School will be rebuilt or fully renovated with partial reimbursement from the MSBA.

Newton and the MSBA will now work together in a collaborative process and then, if invited, through eight formalized steps (to include the formation of a project team, feasibility study, schematic design, budget and funding agreements, project final design and construction) until conclusion of the Cabot School repair/replacement.  We have already established an excellent relationship with the MSBA through the Angier project and I am confident that the Cabot process will be equally successful.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the challenges that the Cabot staff and students face on a daily basis working in a building that is in poor condition.  The current building has served Newton well, but a building constructed in 1929 is well overdue for some major work.

We will be sure to keep you informed regarding the entire process.  I also look forward to speaking at the PTO meeting about the project on January 9, 2014.

David Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools

For additional information:
11.20.13 NPS Article
MSBA Invites Newton’s Cabot Elementary School into Eligibility Period