The following is a press release:
FRAMINGHAM – Yesterday, June 27, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the City of Framingham’s plan for the Fuller Middle School.
This approval marks the entrance into the next phase in the Authority’s process.
Transitioning into the state Authority’s Schematic Design phase brings the city and Framingham Public Schools one step closer to replacing the existing Fuller Middle School with a new facility equipped to support Framingham’s 21st century educational curriculum.
The School Building Committee (SBC) for the Fuller Middle School Building Project has been working diligently over the past year on the Feasibility Study and school design to get to this next phase.
“I am proud to work closely with the Framingham legislative delegation, city and school officials and the MSBA to move the Fuller Middle School project forward in the building and design process,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). “The physical structure of a school building is critical for student achievement and educator effectiveness, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to make a new Fuller school a reality.”
The design option selected by the School Building Committee called ‘Folded Hands’ offers a new three-story construction with a learning commons/cafeteria at the core surrounded by collaboration balconies fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 750-seat auditorium, and full-building air conditioning. Additionally, there will be space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) instructional areas, exceeds energy efficiency standards, and creates new open space.
“I am pleased that the MSBA Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of the Fuller Middle School Building Project and for the support of Senator Spilka, Representative Gentile and Representative Lewis. The Fuller Middle School Project will have a positive impact on our community at large and our students for years to come,” said Framingham Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer, in a press release.
Over the coming months the School Building Committee will continue to work with stakeholders including residents, teachers, students, families, and elected officials to further refine the plans and move closer to project authorization.
A series of community forums and meetings have been scheduled for the summer and fall.
The next community forum will be held on Monday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Fuller Middle School Library.
To find additional information regarding the Fuller Middle School Building Project, visit www.fullerbuildingproject.com.