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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Framingham Mayor to Sign Executive Order to Create Hemenway Elementary School Building Committee


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Susan Scully Petroni

City of Framingham Public Information Officer




Framingham Mayor to Sign Executive Order to Create 

Hemenway Elementary School Building Committee


FRAMINGHAM - Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky will issue an Executive Order to establish the Hemenway Elementary School Building Committee.


The 15-member School Building Committee will be responsible for monitoring the application process and advising the City during the construction of a new elementary school


Hemenway Elementary School was built in 1961. The kindergarten through grade five school has had minimal investment since it was built. The building systems require significant investment to maintain the existing functions and the existing building does not meet current building codes.


The current school is insufficient for the enrollment and curriculum of the Framingham Public Schools. and the existing building's scale and orientation of spaces are outdated and unable to properly adapt to the needs of contemporary educational service delivery.


The City of Framingham hired architects to perform a pre-feasibility study for the expansion or replacement of the existing Hemenway Elementary School.


This pre-feasibility study delved into the existing building and site, and also expanded to looking at options for a new site; and


Members of the School Building Committee shall include:


  • The Mayor, or his designee;
  • The Framingham Public School District Superintendent of Schools
  • The Director of School Buildings and Grounds. or his designee;
  • Hemenway Elementary School Principal
  • The City of Framingham’s Chief Financial Officer or her designee
  • 3 elected School Committee members, with at least one with knowledge of the education mission of the School.
  • 3 elected City Councilors, with at least one from the finance subcommittee.
  • 4 individuals appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council. At least half of these members shall have experience with architecture, engineering and/or construction experience.

All members will be voting members.


The 15 School Building Committee members will elect their own chair and vice chair at their first meeting.


The City will begin advertising for the Mayor’s nominees to the School Building Committee shortly.