West Elementary & Shawsheen Preschool Building Project

Community Meeting on the New West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool

The meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 pm will update the community, particularly families with students who attend West El, on the project and to discuss the next steps in the building process, including the changes in traffic patterns and drop off/pick up procedures that will take place during the construction. Construction will begin this spring. 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. 

The link to participate in the meeting is here. Registration is required and can be done at any time. If you have any questions or would like to be added to our email list to receive future project updates, please contact Joel Blumstein, the Chair of the West Elementary/Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee at: joel.blumstein@andoverma.us.

Following the voters’ approval of project funding at the 2021 Town Meeting and at the polls, the West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee authorized the extension of contracts for the Owners’ Project Manager (PMA Consultants) and the architect (SMMA) and authorized the entry of a contract with Gilbane Building Company as the construction manager. The Town also entered into a final Project Funding Agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) which sets the terms for reimbursement by MSBA of a portion of approved project costs. The project now is in the detailed design phase, with actual construction set to begin in the summer of 2022.

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

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Estimated Timeline - January 2022

WESBC Project Time Line 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)