Facilities Committee

In July, 2016, the Yarmouth Facilities Assessment Committee (YFAC) convened its initial meeting to respond to the charge by the Yarmouth School Committee to study and report on the following: 

A.    Review of Facilities Conditions, Capacities, and Potential

B.     Review of Educational Programs

C.     Develop options/recommendations for the Strategic Facilities Plan

D.     Produce identified deliverables of the Strategic Facilities Plan

In July 2017, the Committee made its report to the Yarmouth School Committee.  The School Committee accepted the recommendation of the Facilities Assessment Committee and immediately commissioned the formation of a Facilities Committee, to continue further development of Option 4 (described elsewhere on this page) to meet the facilities needs of the School Department. 

Facilities Plan ready for further development

School Facilities Plan ready for further development

On Monday, October 16, the School Committee met with the Yarmouth Town Council for the second time in four weeks to discuss proposed solutions to the School Department’s and Town’s facilities challenges.  To meet programmatic, enrollment, and structural needs, the School Committee has proposed a conceptual plan that calls for extensive renovation and expansion of Yarmouth Elementary School and significant expansion of Rowe School and Yarmouth High School. 

In discussion with the Town Council in September, it became clear that the Town has upcoming capital needs as well.  There is a group in town actively seeking the development of a community center, and several municipal departments (Community Services, Public Safety, etc.) are in need of larger or renovated spaces.  With that in mind, the School Committee and Town Council entered into discussion of how the two entities may work together to provide the best facilities for the entire town in the most effective and cost-efficient manner.  As a result of that conversation, the School Committee explored an alternative option to address its facilities needs that included:

  • ·        Re-purposing of the Rowe School facility for community/municipal use, to be determined by the Town Council;
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 population, with two schools operating as somewhat separate entities in one physical plant;
  • ·        Minor construction at Harrison Middle School;
  • ·        Additions to Yarmouth High School.

On October 16, the School Committee and Town Council considered this option in greater detail.  It became apparent that the Rowe School contained a great deal more space than the Town would require and the cost to replace Rowe as a school would be prohibitive. It was decided that a collaborative effort that supports the proposal put forth by the School Committee while defining solutions to the Town’s space needs will be the most cost effective and programmatically efficient approach to meet Yarmouth’s facility needs.

Therefore, the School’s Facilities Committee will focus on further development of the plan that is known as “Option 4”, which includes the following:

  • ·        Expansion of Rowe School to accommodate enrollment growth in Kindergarten and Grade 1 and provide for the addition of Pre-Kindergarten programming.
  • ·        Expansion and complete renovation of Yarmouth Elementary School to accommodate enrollment growth, upgrade building systems, and provide for the relocation of Grade 5 from Harrison Middle School to Y.E.S.
  • ·        Minor interior work at Harrison Middle School, relocating the choral room from its current location on the stage in the cafeteria to a classroom space that will be made possible by moving Grade 5 to Y.E.S.  Reducing H.M.S. enrollment to three grades (6-8) may allow for the removal of portable classrooms and result in a facility capacity that is higher than its enrollment at minimal cost and disruption to the school.
  • ·        Expansion of Yarmouth High School to accommodate enrollment growth.  Additional classrooms, larger cafeteria, relocation of the exercise room, and creation of an additional music room are the key components of this plan.
  • ·        At each school, additional consideration is being given to exterior components, including parking, traffic patterns, and recreational spaces.

The School Facilities Committee will meet throughout the fall and winter to prepare for two rounds of public forums:

Round One: To present the plan and receive input from the community

               Tuesday, February 13       Community Forum I                         6:30 p.m.              HMS

               Monday, March 19           Community Forum II                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

               Tuesday, March 27           Community Forum III                      6:30 p.m.              HMS

Round Two:  To present plans with modifications from community input

               Tuesday, June 19                             Community Forum IV                      6:30 p.m.              YHS

               Wednesday, June 20         Community Forum V                       8:00 a.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee will be receiving updates from the Facilities Committee, with formal reports on the following dates:

               Thursday, December 14   School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Log Cabin

               Thursday, April 26            School Committee Meeting            7:00 p.m.              Town Hall

The School Committee, Town Council and Community Center project team are continuing to work together collaboratively in a mutually supportive search to address town, school and community needs.

We invite the public to attend any and all meetings to stay apprised of this work.


Meeting Agendas and Minutes - Facilities Committee 2017-18
Meeting Agendas and Minutes - Facilities Assessment 2016-17
Support Materials and Reports
Potential Options
Working with Harriman architects, the committee identified six potential options for consideration:
Option 1:  Maintain current phasing structure at each school (K-1, 2-4, 5-8, and 9-12) and complete additions at each facility to address space/programming needs.
Option 2:  Move Grade 2 to Rowe and Grade 5 to YES and complete expansions at Rowe, YES, and YHS.
Option 3:  Move K-1 to YES, close Rowe School, and expand YES, HMS, and YHS.
Option 4:  Add Pre-K to Rowe, move Grade 5 to YES, and expand Rowe, YES and YHS - the preferred option.
Option 5:  Add Pre-K to Rowe, move Grade 5 to YES, build a new YES on-site, and expand Rowe and YHS.
Option 6:  Add Pre-K to Rowe, move Grade 5 to YES, build a new YES at a new location, and expand Rowe and YHS.