School changes may make way for development on North 40

Letter from Hardy Principal

Dear Hardy Families:

On Tuesday night Matt Kelley, one of the School Facilities Committee representatives presented their recommendations regarding the future of Hardy, Hunnewell and Upham facilities. A link to the presentation is below:

http://www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/sites/wellesleyps/files/file/file/hhu_presentation_final.pdf

Dr. Lussier and Matt Kelley will be at Hardy to share these recommendations with the Hardy parents on Monday, Oct. 5th at 7:00 in the Hardy gym.  

A summary of the recommendations and timeline are below:

Recommendation:

  • Build new Upham while continuing to occupy existing building
  • Move Upham students into the new building and temporarily relocate Hunnewell students
  • Renovate and expand Hunnewell and provide additional parking
  • Close Hardy
  • Redistrict into six schools
  • Total student capacity: 961
  • Estimated total cost: $105M
  • Estimated initial annual operating cost savings: $550K

Proposed Schedule Milestone Date

  • TM appropriation for feasibility and schematic design for both schools ATM Spring 2016
  • Feasibility and schematic design May 2016 – March 2017
  • TM appropriation for detailed design and construction for both schools ATM Spring 2017
  • Debt exclusion vote May 2017
  • Detailed design and permitting June 2017 – Dec 2018
  • Construction of new Upham December 2018 – June 2020
  • New Upham opens,
  • Hunnewell students are relocated September 2020
  • Renovation of Hunnewell July 2020 – January 2022
  • Renovated Hunnewell reopens September 2022
  • Hardy closes September 2022

Thank you, 

Charlene Cook, Principal

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