Winchester's next neighborhood elementary school for generations to come


Looking for the latest news and history on Winchester's Lynch Elementary School Replacement? You've found it! This site will be updated regularly as we move forward with the MSBA on this exciting and much-anticipated project. On this site you will find information on the current facility, the School Facilities Master Plan, the site, the team, the process & schedule, design/planning updates, and news/announcements. Questions are welcomed by email to Updates can also be found on Twitter (#Lynch2025).

The Project

In partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Winchester is seeking the redevelopment of the Lynch Elementary School. The project today is limited to the so-called Feasibility Study which includes the development of an educational space program as well as the evaluation of multiple conceptual design solutions through the pre-schematic design phase.

Today the project does not include construction, which must be funded separately once a preferred schematic option is developed by the design team and approved by the MSBA board. A town-wide vote on final design documents and construction funding is anticipated in January 2023 (see schedule milestones, a bottom of this page).

An MSBA project may include a renovation of the existing school, a renovation of and addition to the existing school and/or new construction.

Multiple options required for study during Feasibility Study phase:

  • Renovation & addition onto existing

  • Partial demo and new-build/expansion (sim to Winchester High School)

  • New free-standing school (sim to Vinson-Owen)

  • Multiple site options for all

  • Multiple phasing options for all

What's New?

December 9th - Geotech Engineer Weston & Sampson was on site monitoring early soils exploration. After test pit excavation, drilling rigs were present going down 25 feet or more to collect samples for the lab which will help engineers determine soils characterization and the design criteria for excavation, earth retention and foundations for the New Lynch!

Drilling rig gathering soil samples

What's Next?

The EFPBC will hold its next meeting on Monday, January 24th. The meeting will include highlights from the project visioning sessions as well as discussion on program adjacencies & relationships (for instance, which grades are best-suited on which both a 2- and 3-story building).

What's the Schedule?

Key milestones in the Feasibility Study phase and beyond are shown below. Note that project delivery method (traditional "Design-Bid-Build" vs "CM-at-risk" not yet determined which will affect Bidding/Award and Construction timelines.

  • Preliminary Design Program (PDP) submittal to MSBA: January 18, 2022

  • Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) submittal to MSBA: March 3, 2022

  • Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Review: March 30, 2022

  • MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Preferred Schematic Approval: April 27, 2022

  • Schematic Design (SD) submittal to MSBA: September 1, 2022

  • MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Project Scope and Budget Approval: October 26, 2022

  • Town Meeting votes Project Funding Agreement: Fall Town Meeting 2022

  • Debt-Exclusion Override Vote - Town-wide special election ballot question: January 2023

  • 100% Construction Documents - taking schematics to completion: Spring - Summer 2023

  • Bidding/Project Award - Construction delivery method TBD: Fall 2023 - Winter 2024

  • New Lynch opens to students: September 2025