Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 31, 2013

Study pitch would investigate overcrowding

High School, Shawsheen targeted in $225,000 study


One other option would be to redesign the current library footprint, which Lord said could include building up into the currently unoccupied space, where third floor rooms and hallways look down into the library from above.

Another option would be to “bump out” the cafeteria to where an amphitheater-like arrangement exists outside today, put classrooms in the existing cafeteria space and add classrooms above where the cafeteria would go, according to Lord.

“Somebody told me there would be eight classrooms above it,” Lord said.


All options are on the table for the town’s proposed early childhood center. Another part of the proposal would address the need for space for that center, according to McGrath.

“The ECC part of the study will review the useful life and functionality of Shawsheen (School) as an Early Childhood Education Center,” McGrath said. The study would also “include an assessment of the expandability of Sanborn (Elementary) School for this purpose with recommended options and cost estimates for building a committee to evaluate.”

But before the work begins, town residents have to approve the spending. At least for the high school, there is a contingency plan in place if voters reject the proposal at Annual Town Meeting. The high school portion of the study would return within the fiscal year 2015 Capital Improvement Plan since high school overcrowding “is not going to go away,” McGrath said.

For Lord, short-term planning will continue.

“We’re coming up with creative solutions for next year, because there won’t be an expansion this summer,” Lord said. “There just isn’t available space here.”

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