West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

Anticipated West El Student Arrival and Dismissal Map for 2022-23

Andover-WESP_Site-Circulation anticipated 22-23 SY

After many years of planning, we are happy to report that construction of the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool is underway. 

When West El students and staff return from summer recess for the 2022-23 school year, they will see fencing separating the construction site for the new schools from the current school. They also will see new playgrounds and play areas, a new parking area, and new site circulation patterns. As shown on the above map, 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.

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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

Module 7

Module 7

Overall Steps in the Process

MSBA Modules

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
Chairperson
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
Member
Jennifer Hunt
Member
Heather Eigen
Member
Donna Walsh
Finance Director
Paul Rollins
Member
Siggy Pfendler
Member
Armata Kirpalani
Member
Rick Almeida
Member
Mark Johnson
Member
Carol Green
Member




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