Welcome to the Tisbury School Project Website

Site and Construction Option Selection Complete

The Tisbury School Building Committee, having thoroughly reviewed all the possible options throughout the Feasibility Study over the past year, have officially voted to develop a plan for new construction on the existing site at 40 West Williams Street. This plan will be submitted on June 29th to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for review and approval, after which the Town will proceed in to the Schematic Design Phase. The Project Team and the School Building Committee will consider various options for site circulation and building placement during this phase, in preparation for submission of a Preferred Schematic Design in November of this year. Links to the presentations from the June 7th and June 19th meetings can be found in Documents page.

The Tisbury School Building Committee will host public forums in the fall regarding input on school design and building placement. Once scheduled, information will be posted in the Meetings page.

May 24th Public Forum

Thank you to all the people that came out on Wednesday, May 24th for the Public Forum. The Tisbury School Project team appreciates all the input and comments we received at the forum and via the survey. We have added a link to the Architect’s presentation at the Public Forum to the Documents page. We have also added a link to the presentation and a link to the MVTV video in the Meetings list (under the date 5/24/2017).

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve added a “Frequently Asked Questions” page. Topics include many of the comments and questions we’ve received from the community through our public meetings and previous survey. You can access the FAQs page on the menu above, or by clicking here.

The current Tisbury School is in need of substantial capital improvements or replacement. The Town of Tisbury, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, and the Tisbury School Building Committee are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to conduct a Feasibility Study. During this process, they will assess options for renovation and expansion of the existing facility or the construction of a new building (either on the current school site or a new site). Project updates will be posted regularly to keep the community informed of the progress.

Additional information about the Tisbury School can be found on the Tisbury School website, the Town of Tisbury website,  and the Tisbury School PTO website.

Project History: The Tisbury School and the Massachusetts School Building Authority

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is a quasi-governmental organization that provides financial grants to selected communities for the improvement of their schools. Only approximately 10% of communities are accepted into the program. The Town submitted an application to the MSBA in 2014 and the application was rejected. The Town submitted a second application in 2015, highlighting the community’s need for a modern, energy-efficient facility with adequate space for the student population. This second application was accepted, and the Town of Tisbury was invited to partner with the MSBA in its grant process.

At the 2016 Annual Town Meeting, the town voted in favor of an $825,000 appropriation to fund the Feasibility Study and Schematic Design Phase of the project.  The MSBA will reimburse approximately $338,000 of the cost of the study.

An analysis of enrollment projections and space capacity needs has been conducted by the MSBA, in collaboration with the Tisbury School project team, to establish the appropriate size and program requirements for the new facility. This study determined that an anticipated enrollment of 285 students in grades K-8 would be sufficient to meet the needs of the community. This design also incorporates the expanded programming required by growth trends for English Language Learners (ELL) and Title I eligible students. The School District also plans to add a Pre-K classroom to the school.


* Renovate or replace existing facilities
* Increase efficiency of operations
* Improve technology and education program infrastructure
* Identify sustainable design and construction goals

The Existing School Building

The existing Tisbury School was built in 1929. Since that time, two major additions have been made to the facility: the 1938 gymnasium and the 1995 academic wing, which added two kindergarten classrooms, a library, and two science classrooms. The School is currently 51,000 square feet.  A modular building was leased in 2002 to house required programs that the main building could not accommodate.  The school site is located on 5.15 acres of developed land at 40 West William Street in Tisbury.  The site includes the existing brick school building, the modular building (White House), 65 parking spaces, play structures, an open field, and a ball field.