Project Info

Schematic Design Phase

On 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 current site located at 40 W. William Street, Tisbury.

The Documents page includes links to the presentations from each Tisbury School Building Committee (TSBC) meeting. Additionally, links to presentations, meeting minutes, and MVTV video can be found on the Meetings page under each meeting date.

The Feasibility Study

The project team began the Feasibility Study in the fall of 2016. The MSBA requires a detailed Preliminary Design Program submission which includes:

  • documentation of the existing educational program
  • an initial space summary
  • evaluation of the existing conditions
  • an overview of site development requirements
  • and a preliminary evaluation of alternatives

The Tisbury School Building Committee (TSBC) and the project team prepared detailed reports on each of the options outlined in the Preliminary Evaluation of Alternatives, which included:

  • Repair of existing facilities (assessment of the base option is required in the study, but it does not meet the educational program requirements)
  • Renovation of existing facilities with new construction of an addition
  • New construction options on three potential sites

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:


Renovation & Expansion on Current Site
New 3-story building on Current Site










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:

Renovation & Expansion on Current Site
New Construction on Current Site
New Construction on Manter Well site














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.

Renovation & Expansion on Current Site
New Construction on Current Site
New Construction on Manter Well site
New Construction at the Tashmoo Well site










Start of 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