Facilities Committee

Please view the Presentation from Public Forum I - February 13, 2018.

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

Update presented to School Committee, December 14, 2017 ( Click to view presentation)

On Thursday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Log Cabin on Main Street, the Yarmouth School Committee received an update from the School Facilities Committee.

As was conveyed in an earlier memo this fall, the School Committee has been working with the Town Council and a group focused on the development of a Community Center, seeking the most efficient ways to address the needs of all three entities. Through its Facilities Assessment Committee, the School Department has been working toward a comprehensive plan for more than a year. That work will continue throughout the coming year as we refine the plans and seek community input on the options before us.

Over the course of the past year, we have considered nearly a dozen different configurations for our schools. After studying each option and determining that the Town’s facilities needs will be better met at sites other than the schools, 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 possibly a small 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 school security and safety, environmental impact, 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 an additional update from the Facilities Committee on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. at 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.

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.

  • Table of district-wide options
  • Options with broad estimates
    • Rowe School potential expansion diagrams (Options 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
    • Yarmouth Elementary School - potential expansion diagrams (Options 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Yarmouth Elementary School - potential new school on-site (Option 5)
    • Harrison Middle School potential expansion diagrams (Options 1 and 3)
    • Yarmouth High School potential expansion diagrams (Proposed in all 6 options)