LYNCH REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Winchester's next neighborhood elementary school for generations to come
Looking for the latest on Winchester's Lynch Elementary School Replacement? You've found it! With the MSBA Board approval of schematic design in October and Town Meeting's unanimous support in November, next comes a Town-wide debt-exclusion override on January 7th. This site will be updated regularly as we move forward with this exciting and much-anticipated project. Here you will find information on the current facility, the School Facilities Master Plan, the site, the team, the process, design/planning updates, and news/announcements. Questions are welcomed by email to Lynch2025FAQ@gmail.com. Updates can also be found on Twitter (#Lynch2025).
Recent Project Updates and Increased Funding Announcement!
November - On Thursday, November 17 Winchester Fall Town Meeting unanimously approved articles 12 and 13, (see video, right) releasing funds to continue Design Development in December and to approve the Project Funding Agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Articles 12 and 13 were brought jointly the EFPBC and School Committee and were unanimously supported by the Finance Committee and Select Board. This sets the stage for a town-wide debt-exclusion vote on Saturday, January 7th at Winchester High School.
October - On Wednesday, October 26 the Executive Board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) voted unanimously to approve the Lynch Replacement Project's Scope & Budget Agreement and invite Winchester to secure funding and proceed with the project. Winchester now has 120 days to secure approval for bonding authorization (Fall Town Meeting - voted 11/17) and debt-exclusion vote January 7th.
12/12 Community Presentation w/ Q&A - Lynch Elementary School 6:00 PM
10/27 Town Meeting Members Informational Webinar with Q&A 6:30 PM
10/17 Community Presentation w/ Q&A - Winchester High School 6:30 PM
10/13 Community Presentation w/ Q&A - Town Hall Auditorium 9:00 AM
Key Facts & Figures
Three-story new construction of 103,500gsf on current site north of today's existing 1960 Lynch Elementary School. Sitework is scheduled for Summer 2023 and completion for Fall 2025.
For more information see The Project and Schedule below.
Preschool: 7 classrooms w/ toilets
Plans & Exterior Design Develop
Storm Water Management, Design
Summer Drilling & Analysis
Preferred Option Development
Wellfield Parcel Transfer
Design & Site Planning Evolution
And the Winner is....
Options Development and Process
Site Investigation Work
What's the Schedule?
Preliminary Design Program (PDP) submittal to MSBA: January 18, 2022 (completed)
Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) submittal to MSBA: March 3, 2022 (completed)
Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Review: March 30, 2022 (completed)
MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Preferred Schematic Approval: April 27, 2022 (approved)
Schematic Design (SD) submittal to MSBA: September 1, 2022 (completed)
MSBA Board of Directors Meeting - Project Scope and Budget Approval: October 26, 2022 (approved unanimously)
Town Meeting votes Project Funding Agreement: Fall Town Meeting 2022 (approved)
Debt-Exclusion Override Vote - Town-wide special election ballot question: January 7, 2023 (approved: 2892 Yes - 618 No)
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