Forum to Outline Options for New East Gloucester School

posted Jun 16, 2019, 3:37 PM by Maria Puglisi

Residents looking to learn more about potential sites for a new East Gloucester school will get their chance Monday night at a Ward 1 community meeting hosted by City Councilor Scott Memhard at City Hall.  Memhard, who represents the city’s easternmost ward, will host a forum bringing together members of the School Committee, the East Gloucester School Building Committee, and representatives of the project’s designer and project manager — Newburyport- based Dore & Whittier Architects — who will offer presentations regarding options for the three primary sites being eyed for addressing the city’s school needs.  While the School Committee has endorsed the idea of a new school that would essentially merge the student populations of East Gloucester and Veterans Memorial elementary schools, Dore & Whittier’s presentation includes options, as required by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, for renovating the existing East Gloucester school.  Local school officials are focusing on three sites for a new school — the existing East Gloucester site, the existing Veterans location, and a portion of the Green Street field. Of those, only the East Gloucester school sits in Ward 1, but Veterans is essentially on the borderline between Wards 1 and 2 and serves, as Memhard notes, as a Ward 1 polling place.  Memhard emphasized that the forum is open to all.  The forum is set to run from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 17, in Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.