What is the timeline for the project?

(Projected dates are in italics)

April 2017Submitted Statement of Interest to MSBA
December 2017MSBA extended invitation to enter Eligibility phase
May 2018

Andover Town Meeting approved funding for West Elementary

Feasibility Study to investigate multiple facility options for West       

May 2018Formed West Elementary School Building Committee
July 2018  Submitted Educational Profile Questionnaire
December 2018MSBA extended invitation to enter Feasibility Study phase
February 2019Selected Owner’s Project Manager--PMA
May 2019MSBA approved selection of Owner’s Project Manager
October 2019Selected Designer/Architect—SMMA
December 2019Conducted visioning sessions with teachers, staff, parents,  and community                            
March 2020Submitted Preliminary Design Program & Educational Program Description
April 2020Submitted responses to MSBA’s comments about the Preliminary
Design Program & Educational Program Description
May 2020Submitted Preferred Schematic Report
August 5, 2020
Facilities Assessment Subcommittee meeting
August 2020
MSBA Board of Directors Meeting
August 2020Enter Schematic Design Period
Spring 2021
MSBA Board Meeting to approve Budget & Scope
Spring 2021Secure local funding authorization (Town Meeting and ballot vote)
May 2021
Enter Design Development Period
July 2021
Project Funding Agreement
August 2021
Construction Documents
August 2021
Site Preparation & Temporary Parking, Construction Begins
March 2022
Project out to Bid
March 2022Move classes into ten modulars
May 2022Installation of Modular Classrooms
May 2020
Construction of new West Elementary begins
August 2022Demolish classroom wing of existing building
December 2024Move into new school
Fall 2025
Demolition of old school & final sitework

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1. What is the purpose of the West Elementary project?
2. What is the MSBA?
3. What process was followed to identify West Elementary for this project?
4. What factors were considered in deciding whether to seek an addition/renovation or new construction?
5. Why does West El need a new or renovated building?
6. What is the history of the current West Elementary facility?
7. Is an enrollment of 925 the right projection for West Elementary?
8. What is the extent of the overcrowding at the current facility?
9. What is the scope of the proposed project?
10. Why is the Shawsheen preschool being considered as part of this project?
11. How are Andover school buildings maintained?
12. Will the current West Elementary continue to be maintained during construction of the new West Elementary/Pre-K facility?
13. What is Shawsheen’s current enrollment and what is the capacity of the proposed preschool wing?
14. What is West’s current enrollment and what is the capacity of the proposed elementary school?
15. Will this project involve any redistricting of elementary student attendance areas?
16. What is the physical status of Andover’s other elementary schools?
17. How will a new West Elementary facility improve the program that is offered to the K-5 students at West?
18. How will a new special education preschool wing improve the program and services that are offered to the PreK students?
19. If approved, what will the new West Elementary look like?
20. Where will the new West Elementary be located?
21. Have any issues been sticking points in our negotiations with MSBA?
22. What will happen to the existing West El facility?
23. What will happen to the existing Shawsheen facility if its students are moved to the West Elementary site?
24. How will the construction process affect students’ learning environment?
25. What will be the impact on the staff of the current West and Shawsheen facilities?
26. What is the timeline for the project?
27. How much will this project cost?
28. How will this project be funded?
29. How does the town pay for facility construction projects?
30. What is a debt exclusion?
31. What is the potential impact of this school project on my real estate taxes?
32. What happens if Town Meeting does not approve the funds necessary for Andover’s portion of the costs?
33. What happens if the town voters do not pass the requested debt exclusion?
34. Why is the cost of this project so much more than when we built Bancroft?
35. What is Andover’s track record for past school construction being on or under budget?
36. I have no children who attend Andover Public Schools. How will this project benefit me and the community?
37. Doesn’t Andover also need a new high school?
38. Who are the project contractors?
39. Who serves on the West Elementary School Building Committee?
40. How can I stay informed?
41. How can I become involved?