Countryside Elementary School Project

  • Statements of Interest (SOI) were submitted to the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority) for both Countryside and Franklin Elementary Schools in April of 2020, just at the start of the pandemic. In April of 2021 the MSBA Board voted to invite the Countryside project into their Eligibility Period, the initial step in the MSBA process to be eligible for state funding for the project. 

    The School Department and the City worked closely to quickly complete all of the MSBA Eligibility Period requirements for the Countryside project, including identifying a School Building Committee, Maintenance and Capital Planning documents, an Educational Questionnaire and Enrollment projections.  All requirements were completed and submitted to the MSBA in June 2021. The district is now awaiting an enrollment meeting with the MSBA. Once a design enrollment agreement has been reached with the MSBA, the project may then be voted into the Feasibility Phase of the MSBA process.  

    If the project is invited into the Feasibility Phase by the MSBA, the next step will be to hire a project team (Owner’s Project Manager and Designer) to start the feasibility and design work. The City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) now includes $1.25 million using ARPA funding for the feasibility study in FY2022 to continue to move this Title 1 School project forward.  This funding was docketed with the City Council for approval in June 2021.  

    For more information on the MSBA process and the Eligibility Period requirements, please see MSBA Modules Overview.

    A community meeting on the Countryside Project was held via Zoom on October 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM.   To view a recording of the meeting please go to the following link:

    Meeting Recording:
    Access Passcode: Sb^4xG2b

    Details on accessing the meetings can be found on the City of Newton calendar here: