The Salem News | By Arianna MacNeill
November 13, 2016
IPSWICH — As the process to design a new consolidated elementary school moves forward, school officials are asking the community to join forces with them to help.
A community forum, planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the sixth grade “learning pod” at Ipswich Middle School, is an opportunity for the public to hear about what’s been going on with the design and building efforts, as well as hear about future discussions on the new school.
The forum is being hosted by the town’s School Committee and School Building Committee.
The meeting comes just over a month after the School Committee voted unanimously in favor of a combined 775-student school at the current Winthrop Elementary School site.
The town has been mulling the future of early education for the past few years. Along with Winthrop, the town considered the current Doyon Elementary School site as well as Bialek Park.
But the plan still needs approval from the town — it must clear a ballot vote and Town Meeting next fall to solidify it.
The immediate next step for the district is to submit its preferred schematic design plan to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in time for its February meeting. The deadline to have plans submitted for consideration is Jan. 4, according to the board’s online calendar.