West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

Thank you to Andover Voters for their approval of additional funding of the West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool Project!

At the Town of Andover’s Special Town Meeting held on December 1, 2022, voters approved the additional funding for the West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool construction project. To approve the supplemental appropriation, a two-thirds majority vote by town meeting voters was required. More information can be found here.

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After many years of planning, we are happy to report that construction of the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool began in the summer of 2022. 

Fencing now separates the construction site for the new schools from the current school. There are new playgrounds and play areas, a new parking area, and new site circulation patterns. As shown on the map to the right, families dropping off or picking up their students will continue to enter school grounds from Beacon St., but now will exit onto High Plain Rd. Bus drop-off and pick-up will be unchanged.

Construction of the new schools is expected to take about two years, after which the current school will be demolished and playing fields and parking areas installed in its place. West El students and staff will be welcomed into their new school in August of 2024 for the start of the school year. Shawsheen students and staff will be welcomed to their new school the following August.

For those who would like to learn more about the project, please see the information below. The FAQs and Presentations sections contain lots of useful information. If you still have questions, please contact Joel Blumstein, the Building Committee Chair, at joel.blumstein@andoverma.us.

West El Student Arrival and Dismissal Map for 2022-23

Andover-WESP_Site-Circulation anticipated 22-23 SY
WESB Project Timeline May 2022
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By the Numbers  
Enrollment 1,055 students (includes Pre-K)
Building Size 191,028 SF
MSBA Max Reimbursement Rate 45.85%
Effective Reimbursement Rate 25.35%
Total Project Budget $151,661,968
Anticipated MSBA Grant $38,442,820
Anticipated District Share $113,219,148

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Module 7

Overall Steps in the Process

MSBA Modules

Module 7 Presentations

Module 6 Presentations

Module 5 Presentations

West Elementary School video - May 2021

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Archived  previous presentations (Module 1 - Module 4)

Meetings are live-streamed on Andover TV and may be watched on Comcast 99 and Verizon 43.

To view a previous West El & Shawsheen PreK School Building Committee meeting, click here for video archives. For previous agendas and minutes, click here. 

Committee Members

Joel Blumstein
Andrew Flanagan
Town Manager
Susan McCready
School Committee
Tracey Spruce
School Committee
Dr. Magda Parvey SuperintendentJanet Nicosia
Director of Facilities
Keith Taverna
Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Administration
Elizabeth Roos
Jennifer Hunt
Heather Eigen
Donna Walsh
Finance Director
Paul Rollins
Siggy Pfendler
Armata Kirpalani
Rick Almeida
Mark Johnson
Carol Green

Owner’s Project Manager: PMA Consultants
Architect: SMMA
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)