CMS Middle School Feasibility Study

Members of the Concord School Committee have advanced a warrant article for consideration at Town Meeting that would fund the feasibility study and schematic designs for a new middle school if approved. The amount of funding would not exceed $1.5 million. School Committee members expressed a desire to conduct a robust public dialogue on this matter in the months leading to Town Meeting.

This action followed the news from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) decision in December not to fund a grant request from Concord for a new middle school. This was the second time in as many years that the MSBA did not fund the request despite acknowledging the strong need for the new facility.

A comprehensive study of both Concord Middle School (CMS) buildings was completed in 2017 by Finegold Alexander Architects. Their summary findings included that, although very well-maintained, Peabody and Sanborn conditions are deteriorated and obsolete, and they are at the end of their lifespan. Additionally, the two campus configuration is inefficient and expensive and the overflow status is not sustainable. This results in a sub-optimal educational experience. Finally, the current buildings should be unified into a single structure on the current Sanborn site that will support CMS students for the next 50 years.

Members of the Concord School Committee will be hosting multiple forums and tours of the current middle school facilities for interested individuals. Upcoming events include:

Information Session on Wednesday, March 6th at 9:30 a.m. in the Ripley Building, Room 4,

Information Session on Monday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanborn Auditorium; and

Public tours will be conducted on Saturday, March 2nd starting at 9:30 for Sanborn and 11:00 for Peabody.

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