West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

After many years of planning, we are happy to report that construction of the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool began during this April’s school recess. 

When West El students and staff returned from spring vacation, they saw fencing around the playing fields behind the current school. This is where the new schools will be built. Site preparation work will take place until the end of the current school year in June, at which time full construction activities will begin. 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 will be welcomed into their new school in August of 2024 for the start of the school year. Shawsheen students will be welcomed to their new school the following August.

For those who would like to learn more about the project, including how traffic patterns at West El will be impacted by the construction, 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.

Community Meeting - Tuesday, June 7, 2022
On Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., Andover Public Schools will host a virtual meeting to update the community on the new West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool.

Construction began on the project during April vacation. The new West El is expected to open for the start of the 2024-25 school year and the new Shawsheen is expected to open for the start of the 2025-26 school year. This is an exciting project which will offer many benefits to our students, families and to the whole Andover community.

The purpose of the meeting on Tuesday, June 7th is to update the community, particularly families with students who will attend West El this fall, on the project and what to expect when school starts up again, including the changes in traffic patterns, parking, and drop off/pick up procedures that will take place during the construction. We also will try to answer any questions you may have. Our architects and construction manager, as well as representatives from Andover Public Schools, will be at the meeting.

The link to participate in the meeting is here. Registration is required and can be done at any time.
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*please note that if you are a current West El & Shawsheen family or staff, we will automatically send updates, no need to sign up! 
WESB Timeline April 2022
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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 6

Module 6

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
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

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Architect: SMMA
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Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company
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Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)