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.


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.