What will the tax impact be of the new West El/Shawsheen Preschool?

Andover’s share of project expenses is being funded through what is referred to as a debt exclusion to Proposition 2 ½. This debt exclusion was approved by Andover voters at the June 5, 2021, Annual Town Meeting and at the polls on June 15, 2021. With this debt exclusion, there will be an increase in property taxes in excess of the limits in Proposition 2 ½ for the 30-year term of the borrowing to fund the project. The borrowing for the West El/Shawsheen project is estimated to result in a tax increase of $24.84 on the average annual single family tax bill in Fiscal Year 2023; $213.27 in Fiscal Year 2024; and $401.71 in Fiscal Year 2025 and for the remaining years of borrowing.

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1. What will the new West El/Shawsheen Preschool look like and where will it be located?
2. How will the educational environment be improved at the new West El?
3. How will the educational environment be improved at the new Shawsheen preschool?
4. When will construction activities begin?
5. How will traffic circulation change during construction?
6. How will construction vehicles enter and exit the site?
7. How will people be notified of changes in traffic circulation?
8. What will the project work hours be?
9. Will play areas be relocated during construction?
10. What will happen to the playing fields behind the current West El?
11. Will there be other impacts on students’ learning environment during construction?
12. When will the new schools open?
13. What are the next steps in the MSBA process/timeline?
14. What is the project budget and what is being done to ensure that there are no cost overruns?
15. What will the tax impact be of the new West El/Shawsheen Preschool?
16. Will the project involve redistricting and, if so, when will that occur?
17. What will happen to the existing West El facility?
18. What will happen to the existing Shawsheen facility?
19. Who are the project contractors?
20. Who serves on the West Elementary/Shawsheen School Building Committee?
21. How can I get more information about the project?