In May of 2020, Statements of Interest (SOI) were submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for both Franklin Elementary School and Countryside Elementary School. Though the Franklin School project was not selected by the MSBA to move forward at this time, both the City of Newton Capital Improvement Plan and the Newton Public School's Long Range Facilities Plan include a major capital improvement project to address the school's facility needs.
The Franklin School Project is currently paused while awaiting project funding. Pre-feasibility planning was completed over this past year, and the goal is to begin the feasibility design phase in a few months provided project funding is approved.
As part of the pre-feasibility work, HMFH Architects gathered and documented existing building and site conditions, reviewed enrollment data, developed a preliminary space program and needs assessment. Educational Planner, David Stephen, led a staff visioning session in September to begin to gather staff input and feedback. Preliminary conceptual designs and School Building Committee meeting materials and recordings can be found on the Franklin Elementary School Project webpage of the Newton Public Buildings website. Project information can also be found below. This project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2027.