“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).


“Decision Time Nears on Siting for New Tisbury School“







Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 8:49am

With a final vote expected in two weeks on where to site a new Tisbury School, town residents will have a final chance to add their opinions at a public forum tomorrow. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. (read more)


And then there were three …

April 12, 2017

The TSBC voted to remove the Tashmoo Well site from further consideration, as determined by the TSBC and Community feedback and comments.
The study will continue with the three remaining options:


Community Workshops – Location Options

April 3, 2017

The project team hosted two community workshops to inform the residents of the status of the project and present our findings to date. The presentation included an overview of the process, followed by the results of the initial study of each option. Below are “test fit” diagrams for the four options that meet the educational program requirements. These are not definitive design plans, but rather examples of potential layouts to give a sense of how an appropriately-sized building would fit on the site:

A full copy of the presentation shown at the community workshops is available on the Documents page.

Next steps will be to eliminate the least appropriate option(s) to narrow the selection down for further and more detailed study. The Tisbury School Building Committee will be presenting the current findings to the Selectmen, and the public is welcome to attend School Building Committee meetings to hear updates on the progress of the study.



Start of Feasibility Study

Six possible site options were initially considered. Three options were removed from consideration as a result of site or permitting restrictions. The three site options selected for initial study are the current site at 40 West William Street, the Tashmoo Well site, and the Manter Well site. Below is a map, showing the locations of the original six sites that were initially considered. A full copy of the Preliminary Design Program submitted to the MSBA on March 28, 2017 is available on the Documents page.

Original Sites Explored by Study – 6 sites


Tisbury School Project

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.