10-Year Elementary Facilities Plan

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Background and Overview

In October 2013, the Board of Education adopted the Elementary Facilities Ten-Year Master Plan to address our five aging elementary school buildings, which range in age from 51 to 63 years old. This plan stems from the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan which called for the development of a "long-range elementary facilities plan that promotes a safe, engaging learning environment accessible to all students and community members.”

The Plan calls for a three-phased approach using multiple referenda to address the elementary facilities needs over a span of ten years. We are closing in on the end of Phase One with the opening of the newly constructed Orchard Hill school in August 2017. We have now progressed to Phase Two of the plan, which calls for the new construction of two elementary schools: Eli Terry and Philip R. Smith. If approved, Phase Three will include the construction of a new elementary school for Pleasant Valley. This phase is expected to commence in 2020.

Link Ten-Year Timeline Brochures
Link Project Newsletters
Link Redistricting Information

Referendum:  March 2014

New School Opens:  August 2017

•  Construction of new PK-5 school (Orchard Hill)

Close Wapping School

Redistrict Wapping students to four remaining schools

Return Wapping to the town
  Use old Orchard Hill as "swing space" during Phase 2 and Phase 3 of construction


Referendum:  March 2017

New Schools Open:  August 2020

•  Construction of new K-5 school (Eli Terry)
Students remain in old Eli Terry building during construction
Old Eli Terry razed when new school building opens

Construction of new K-5 school (Philip R. Smith) 
Old PRS building demolished
PRS students move to old Orchard Hill swing space during construction


Referendum:  March 2020

New School Opens:  August 2023

•  Construction of new K-5 school (Pleasant Valley)
Pleasant Valley students move to old Orchard Hill swing space during construction
Old Pleasant Valley building demolished
•  When new Pleasant Valley opens, old Orchard Hill building turned over to the town