MSBA Board Votes Tisbury School into Schematic Design

August 23, 2017 – The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors voted to move the Tisbury School project into the Schematic Design phase. In the Schematic Design phase, the MSBA and the Tisbury School project team will look at options to replace the existing school. The first step for the project team will be to review options for placement of the new building on the site.


“School Building Committee Stays the Course”








Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – 4:28pm

The Tisbury school building committee will stick with the plan to build a new three-story school on the current school site, despite some community backlash.

At a nearly two-hour meeting Monday night, the committee heard opinions on both sides of the issue from more than 40 people, including parents, teachers, community members and representatives from town boards.

In the end the committee determined it did not need to revote the 11-5 decision it made on June 19 favoring new construction over renovation and expansion at the school. (read more)


Town Boards review School Building Committee’s recommendation

At a meeting of the Tisbury School Building Committee, the Tisbury School Committee, and the Tisbury School Advisory Council held on Monday, July 17th, the members met with Town Boards to review the recommendation for new construction on the current site for the Tisbury School project consider the necessity of a second vote. The board members present included the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the William Street Historic District. After the presentation and lengthy discussion, it was agreed that the TSBC did not require a second vote and would move forward with the current recommendation.

The SBC recognized that this was an opportunity to re-group as a committee and have the leadership of our town support this project going forward so that we end up with a successful, fiscally responsible project for the future of our town and its citizens.


Building Committee votes for new construction at the current location

The Tisbury School Building Committee, having thoroughly reviewed all the possible options throughout the Feasibility Study over the past year, voted on June 19th to develop a plan for new construction on the existing site at 40 W. William Street. This plan was submitted on June 29th to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for review and MSBA Board of Directors approval in August, 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 the 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.


Tisbury School to remain at current site location

June 7, 2017

The TSBC voted to remove the Manter Well site from further consideration. Additionally, the TSBC voted to remove the option for New Construction of a 2-story building on the existing site.
The study will continue with the two remaining options:


“Committee Votes to Keep Tisbury School at Current Location“








Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:51pm

The Tisbury elementary school will remain on its existing site follow a narrow vote by the school building committee Wednesday evening.
The committee voted 8-7 to remove an alternate location, the town-owned Manter well property off Holmes Hole Road on the outskirts of town, from consideration. (read more)


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).