West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee

On behalf of our students, we are grateful for the support from the community at Town Meeting and at the polls on Tuesday, June 15th.

The West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee met on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to vote on next steps following the voters’ approval of funding at the polls. The Building Committee authorized the extension of contracts for the Owners’ Project Manager, PMA Consultants, the architect, SMMA, and Gilbaine as the construction manager. The project now begins the pre-construction phase.

We will continue to post updates and agendas as the project moves forward.

Thank you WESP


Enrollment1,055 Students (includes Pre-K)
Building Size191,028 SF
MSBA Max Reimbursement Rate45.95% (form 3011)
Effective Reimbursement Rate25.35% (form 3011)
Total Project Budget (SD Estimate)$151,661,968
Anticipated MSBA Grant$38,447,427
Anticipated District Share$113,214,541

Important Events in 2021

  • June 5th- Annual Town Meeting: Town meeting will need to approve the project by a 2/3rd vote in order to move to the ballot initiative.
  • June 15th- Ballot Vote: Town votes on a debt exclusion to fund the project outside of Proposition 2 1/2. A simple majority is required to finalize the proposition 2 ½ override.

Module 5

5 MSBA Modules

Overall Steps in the Process

MSBA Modules

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 archives. 

Committee Members

Joel Blumstein
Andrew Flanagan
Town Manager
Susan McCready
School Committee
Tracey Spruce
School Committee
Dr. Magda Parvey SuperintendentJanet Nicosia
Director of Facilities
Paul Szymanski
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