Public Forums Scheduled for Facilities Planning

The School Facilities Committee has been working for more than a year, developing plans to address school capacity concerns that are becoming more pronounced each year.  Over the course of the past year, we have considered nearly a dozen different configurations for our schools.  After studying each option it was decided that we should further develop 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 potentially 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 and a four classroom addition 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) should allow for the removal of portable classrooms.
  • 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.

 We are providing several opportunities for community input into this process:

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

We invite the public to attend any and all meetings and to browse our Facilities web page to stay apprised of this work.