NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19
& Project Status Update
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Town of Wellesley has allowed building project meetings with the Permanent Building Committee and School Building Committee to be 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 plans to 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. Further details about upcoming meetings and opportunities for community engagement are expected to be available in mid-July. The SBC will still meet in the interim for administrative needs for the project.
Hunnewell Project: The Hunnewell project has been overseen by the Permanent Building Committee since design funds were approved in December 2019. Design work has continued in recent months, but the permitting process was put on hold to allow the community to more fully participate in early fall. The School Committee plans to submit the permitting application for a Project of Significant Impact to the Planning Board in July, in hopes of a September public hearing date.
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 project team will continue to update the HHU website as more information about future meetings becomes available.
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 2023.
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.
6/18/20 School Building Committee @ 5:30 pm for Hardy Upham Project
6/25/20 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30 pm for Hunnewell Project
7/9/20 Permanent Building Committee @ 7:30 pmfor Hunnewell Project
Agendas for public meetings are posted 48 hours in advance.
The feasibility study for the Hunnewell School is nearly complete. The School Building Committee has recommended an all-new facility, which has been approved by the School Committee and Board of Selectmen. The SBC will make a swing space and schedule recommendation by early October. 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 by spring of 2020, with construction to begin in 2022 and completion by 2024. Please see the project page for further details.