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ASHLAND – There will be a community forum on the Mindess School Building project on Tuesday, April 7.

The meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m.

The community is encouraged to share thoughts on the development of the project, hear about the selected 3-5 grade configuration, review the shortlist of design options that were considered and the recommended preferred option.

Meeting Link:
Meeting call in number: 929-436-2866
Meeting ID: 948 820 972 

There also will be a discussion on the project timelines.

The community will have a chance to provide feedback and ask questions.

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About the project

David Mindess Elementary School was constructed in 1954 as an elementary school. In 1956, it was converted to a high school.

The layout and class sizes are no longer appropriate for elementary students.

The school has undergone some renovations, most recently in 1995, however, school is not fully ADA compliant.

The school has also seen tremendous water intrusion over the years, making parts of the building unusable.

In addition, the David Mindess School has seen tremendous growth in population.

The school capacity for students is around 590, and there are more than 645 students.

In May 2018, Town Meeting supported a $1 million feasibility study for the proposed new school .

Voters approved a debt exclusion override in May 2018.

The study was estimated to take 18 to 24 months to complete

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.