Project Status Update
Due to the Covid-19 public emergency, meetings with the Permanent Building Committee and School Building Committee are being conducted using a Zoom virtual platform.
Hardy/Upham Project: In April, the School Building Committee reached consensus to put the Hardy/Upham feasibility study on hold until late July. The SBC will resume its analysis and deliberations beginning July 30, with further meetings planned for August and September. The SBC expects to make a final recommendation in September on whether to build at Hardy or Upham with the MSBA.
Hunnewell Project: The Hunnewell project has been overseen by the Permanent Building Committee since design funds were approved in December 2019. Schematic Design phase is complete and documents have been approved by the Permanent Building Committee and the School Committee. The permitting application for a Project of Significant Impact have been submitted to the Planning Board in anticipation of a September public hearing date.
Schedule Update: Both projects remain on track to receive construction funding at the same time, but the target date for Town Meeting and voter approval has been pushed back to Fall 2021. Accordingly, approximate overall completion schedules have been pushed back to the first or second quarter of 2024 (Hunnewell) and the first or second quarter of 2025 (Hardy/Upham).
The Town of Wellesley is undertaking two separate elementary school building projects in order to meet the current and long-term needs of its students and address significant deficiencies at the Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham schools.
These two projects are being executed by the Town's School Building Committee (SBC) and its Permanent Building Committee (PBC), with the support of the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Planning is ongoing, and the earliest a new school would open is 2024.
For more information on each project, please click the links below. For more information about the decisionmaking, design, and construction processes and more, please see our Overview of Projects page. The Latest News page will include updates from recent meetings.
A Frequently Asked Questions page is live and will continue to be updated.
The district presented the draft redistricting maps on January 21, 2020. More updates will follow and can be found at the Wellesley Public School web page.
The district has updated the draft redisticting maps on February 12, 2020. This update can be found at the Wellesley Public School web page.
Schematic Design for an all-new Hunnewell School is complete. Please see the project page for the study report and further details.
The feasibility study for the Hardy/Upham project, in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, began in late August 2019. The SBC anticipates making a recommendation on whether the new school will be built at Hardy or Upham in September 2020, with construction to begin in 2023 and completion by 2025. Please see the project page for further details.
8/6/20 School Building Committee @ 4:30 p.m. for Hardy/Upham Project
8/20/20 School Building Committee @ 5:30 pm for Hardy/Upham Project
9/3/20 School Building Committee @5:30 for Hardy/Upham Project
9/10/20 School Building Committee @ 5:30 for Hardy/Upham Project
9/17 Community Forum No. 3 hosted by SBC @ 7 p.m. for Hardy / Upham project
Agendas for public meetings are posted 48 hours in advance.