Recent News: Underwood/Ward Project

  • On November 30, 2021, a community meeting was held to restart the planning discussions for the future of Underwood and Ward Elementary Schools.  The first step will focus on short-term improvements to both buildings over the next several months. The longer term facilities planning will begin in the fall of 2022.  The Underwood and Ward principals will be working with the facilities team over the next few months to develop recommendations for short-term improvements. In the spring, the district will reach out to families and community members regarding opportunities to participate in the taskforce, which will explore the long term options for both schools.

    If you were unable to attend the meeting, below is a link to the Zoom recording: 

    Underwood/Ward Community Meeting Recording - November 30, 2021 (link)

    Here is the Google Slide presentation from the meeting:

    Underwood/Ward presentation (link)

Overview - Underwood/Ward Taskforce

  • Following a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Underward-Ward Task Force is being reconstituted. This task force will be charged with presenting options to the School Committee and the Superintendent by the end of the 2022-2023 School year Members of the task force will include:

    (3) Underwood staff

    (3) Ward staff

    (2) Underwood parents/guardians

    (2) Ward parents/guardians

    (2) School Committee members

    (2) City Councilors

    (2) Assistant Superintendents

    (1) Director of Planning NPS

    (1) City of Newton Building Commissioner


Meeting Schedule

  • 2021 Meetings:

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - Community Meeting to Restart Space Evaluation Process

    2020 Meetings:

    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Meeting with Underwood Community

    Wedneday, February 12, 2020 - Meeting with Ward Community

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