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 Updates can also be found on Twitter (#Lynch2025).

Unable to vote in person on January 7th? The Town Clerk is accepting applications for early Vote by Mail and Military/Overseas ballots. Visit the Clerk's Vote in Winchester page for more details.

Recent Project Updates and Increased Funding Announcement!

December - At its December 21st board meeting, the MSBA voted unanimously to approve a greater Total Maximum Facilities Grant of $20.3M-- an increase of nearly $2.9M. This welcome news means that Winchester can expect to borrow nearly $3M less to construct the New Lynch! See Costs page for more information.

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.

Presentations- In addition to regularly scheduled EFPBC meetings, the Project Team has been holding informational sessions on the progress of the New Lynch as well as next steps with the MSBA, Fall Town Meeting and the override vote in January:

  • 01/03 Community Presentation w/ Q&A - Zoom Webinar 6:00 PM

  • 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

Above - Nov 17th Fall Town Meeting - Articles 12 & 13

Presentation, Q&A and unanimous vote in support.

Below - Oct 17th Informational Session w/ EFPBC, Tappe Architects and OPM Hill Int'l w/ Q&A. WHS Auditorium (courtesy WinCAM)

Above - Neighborhood traffic concepts (Question #2). See Traffic & Safety page for more information.

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

Kindergarten: 5 classrooms w/ toilets

Grades 1 & 2: 5 classrooms each

Grades 3 - 5: 4 classrooms each

Also included: Central STE space - Science/Tech Education

Regulation Gym for continued basketball

Teacher Planning Rooms on each level

Plans & Exterior Design Develop

July through August '22 - Following the MSBA's approval of the preferred New Lynch option, the Project Team has been developing the floorplans to a greater level of detail, accommodating the approved space program. In July and August, Tappe Architects and the EFPBC are reviewing this progress as well as exterior massing, elevations and early material concepts. For more information, see Design page!

Storm Water Management, Design

July '22 - Project civil engineer, Nitsch Engineering shared with the Sustainability Subcommittee its schematic design for storm water management. The project will include bioretention areas incorporated into the landscape as well as underground infiltration systems to manage both roof and site storm water runoff. Inside the building, a number of low-flow fixtures types will also be installed.

Summer Drilling & Analysis

July '22 - With the preferred option approved in the spring and the footprint of the New Lynch now well-established, the EFPBC authorized additional geo-technical investigations on site in the form of multiple cores for lab analysis. Similar to the initial work performed in December of '21, soil sample analysis will help the structural engineer and architect determine foundation design.

Preferred Option Development

May through June '22 - After a month of review by MSBA senior staff, the Executive Board voted on April 27 to approve the preferred design option (N5). This is a key milestone in the project as N5 and its accompanying space program are now established as the conceptual basis of design. The Project Team reassembled in May to engage with senior Winchester town staff and department heads (WPD, WFD, DPW, etc) to initiate the Schematic Design process which runs through August.

Wellfield Parcel Transfer

March '22 - Following the PSR submittal to the MSBA, on March 28th Winchester's Spring Town Meeting voted to authorize the transfer of ownership of the adjacent abandoned wellfield parcel from the Select Board to the School Committee. The transfer of the entire parcel was a requirement of the MSBA, as a portion of the preferred N5 option encroaches onto this land. A complete decommissioning of the wellfield (abandoned in the early 1960s) will be completed as part of the project.

Design & Site Planning Evolution

March '22 - The Project Team submitted the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) in March, which included a more developed N5 replacement option. The PSR included conceptual floor plans with grade-level distribution, preliminary site plan and early phasing & logistics concepts. With MSBA approval of the preferred schematic in April, the architect will more fully develop this approach into a full Schematic Design package for Fall Town Meeting approval.

And the Winner is....

February '22 - On February 7th the EFPBC reviewed the three options to be included in the Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) sent to the MSBA in March. Although all three options must be submitted, only one may be chosen as the preferred option. The Committee strongly favored new-build/replacement option N5 and voted to designate this concept as the New Lynch. For more info on N5, next steps, and the various development options, see Design page.

Options Development and Process

January '22 - On Jan 10th the EFPBC held a public meeting via webinar to present and discuss all eleven (11) early site options, including renovation, addition & renovation, and new-build or replacement options. The EFPBC narrowed these options down to six and on Jan 24th shortened the list further to four, including two replacement options. On Jan 31st the Committee identified the final three options required for inclusion in the March PSR submittal.

Site Investigation Work

December '21 - Geotech Engineer Weston & Sampson was on site monitoring early soils exploration. After test pit excavation, drilling rigs were brought on site to collect samples lab samples which help engineers determine soils characterization and design criteria for excavation, earth retention and foundations for the project as well as potential footprint location options or areas of concern. Survey work began before snowfall and will continue again soon.

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 (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