Dear Cabot Families,
Now that the new school year is underway, I want to provide you with an update on the Cabot School renovation project. The project has achieved significant milestones in the past six months and continues to make great progress.
2015-16 – Design Phase
As many of you know, the 2015-16 school year was spent developing a site plan and schematic design for the project. The Cabot School Building Committee (CSBC) and the project team held many public hearings to gather input and feedback from families, neighbors, and the Newton community. A design was put forth to construct and connect three new additions to the original historic building. The three additions include a new classroom wing, a library, and a gymnasium.
In April and May, the CSBC undertook a public process to consider an alternative design that consolidated the addition at the rear of the original building. Ultimately, this alternative was eliminated because of the negative impacts on the educational program. On June 2nd, the CBSC reaffirmed its commitment to the original proposed design of three additions to the historic building.
Over the summer, the project team focused their efforts on completing the schematic design and further developing the architectural design, including refinement of the exterior look of windows, brick, and connections from the additions to the original building. A key approval was also received from the Newton Historic Commission.
Next Steps and Timeline
The next step is to submit the site plan and preliminary budget to the MSBA and present the finalized site plan to City Council. The Public Facilities Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. (City Hall Old Room 209). There are no anticipated issues with approval of the project site plan at this time, but we encourage you to attend the public hearing and show your support.
Upon approval from City Council and MSBA, the project will receive final funding from the state and will move into the “design development” phase. During this phase, specific design elements will be discussed and reviewed at CSBC meetings. All meetings will continue to be posted publicly and parents are welcome to attend to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback.
In June 2017, after the school year ends, the project will enter a two-year construction phase. The renovation is scheduled for completion in summer 2019. Students and staff will begin at the new Cabot in September 2019 for the 2019-20 school year.
We will continue to update you on the progress of the Cabot renovation, including the anticipated move to our temporary space at Carr next fall. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Eva M. Thompson
Newton Public Schools
Long Range Planning Manager