Before choosing to support building a new 680-student elementary school near the existing Bancroft Elementary School, Andover conducted a Feasibility Study that considered other options. They are listed below.
IDEA and REASON REJECTED
Bancroft has structural problems that must be addressed
Shut building, redistrict
Other schools not large enough to support Bancroft's students
Lease, rent or buy another property
Available space needed extensive work.
Renovate and/or add to Bancroft
Too expensive: must bring building up to current codes and move kids during construction.
Renovate and/or add to both Bancroft and Shawsheen
See above, plus no state money for Shawsheen work
Build elsewhere on site
6-1 vote taken by School Building Committee to support proposed plan, seen as providing most flexibility for design
Build on existing school footprint
Disruptive because of need to move students during construction; expensive because of need to rent portable classrooms would add millions to costL.
Larger school on this site
Andover School Building Committee determined site would not support a larger building; would not fit neighborhood.