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Cutler/Winthrop School Building Project

In March, 2022 we were officially invited by the Massachusetts School Building Administration (MSBA) into the 270 day eligibility period for the Cutler School Building Project. As you may know, the Statement of Interest submitted last year by the district was to examine the possibility of combining the Cutler and Winthrop Schools into one.  

This is not a guarantee of a project, only the first step of many to come. The eligibility period is 270 days and is an opportunity for the district and the MSBA to:

  1. Determine if the district is ready to manage and fund a major capital project
  2. Determine the district’s financial readiness
  3. Determine the community readiness
  4. Provide a schedule of events throughout the 270 days
  5. Identify needs for planning and budgeting

Please know that a building project like this has an extensive overall timeline. It could be up to 4-5 years before a shovel is put into the ground. I am excited about the project and I am confident that this project will be a way for our communities to come together positively for the benefit of our students and educators. If you would like to learn more you can check out the MSBA website.

Cutler School

Cutler School Arial Photo

Cutler Elementary School is a 45,800 sf. masonry building constructed in 1951 with modular classroom additions in 1952 and 1956. In 1992, the Whittier Wing was added which houses kindergarten classrooms and a gymnasium. The school serves approximately 300 students in grades K-5. The majority of the facility and the majority of entrances and egresses are not accessible to
non ambulatory occupants. More information is linked HERE.

Winthrop School

Arial view of Winthrop School

Winthrop Elementary School is a one-story school that was originally constructed in 1958-1959 with a classroom wing addition that was built in 1965-66. The 1965 classroom wing addition has the same exterior building materials and design of the original building, but for what appear to be budgetary reasons, took a different approach to several elements: the interior design of the corridor walls is different (although the same design of cubbies was used), the ventilation system is different, there are no skylights, and it was built with separate boiler room. There was a library/media center addition in the back of the school in 1989. More information is linked HERE.

More Information

"We sit on the precipice of some wonderful upgrades and improvements for our school system that ultimately upgrade and update our communities. The success of these projects will need all of us to come together to decide if we are, or are not ready and willing to fund these projects on behalf of our children."
- Eric Tracy, Superintendent