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Holbrook Awarded $55.7M Grant for New K-12 School
July 30, 2014
Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy today announced that the MSBA Board of Directors voted to approve a grant of up to $55.7 million to replace the existing Holbrook Junior/Senior High School, South Elementary School and John F. Kennedy School with a new K-12 facility on the Holbrook Junior/Senior High School site.
“This is a down payment on the academic excellence of Holbrook students,” said Treasurer Grossman. “Upon completion, this new school will provide a modern learning environment and create the space needed to deliver on the school district’s educational commitments and goals.”
One of the next steps is for the District and the MSBA to enter into a Project Funding Agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with the conditions under which the Town will receive its MSBA grant.
The new school will be built based on a design enrollment of 1,095 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The MSBA will contribute 69.12% of eligible costs toward the project, for a total grant of up to $55,751,400. The Holbrook Junior/Senior High School was built in 1956 and suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical and windows.
“The proposed new school in Holbrook will replace an aging school with an up-to-date, 21st century learning facility,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “Students will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom.”
The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,350 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $10.7 billion in reimbursements for education capital improvement projects.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW PRINCIPALS:
Robert O'Brien is the new Holbrook Junior-Senior High School Principal. Mr. O'Brien served as the Principal of David Prouty High School serving the towns of Spencer and East Brookfield. Prior to that he spent thirteen years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and administrator in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District.
Mr. O’Brien earned a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Worcester State College.
At the age of 17, Mr. O’Brien enlisted in the military. He volunteered and served in the first Gulf War and holds an Honorable discharge from both The United States Army and The United States Army Reserve.
Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association and serves on the state Cheerleading Committee. He is also a member and two time president of the Central Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association. He served on the board of directors for The Goal Setting Institute for Youth and is a member of the Spencer American Legion.
Mr. O’Brien resides in Charlton with his wife Jody and his three children Seamus, Ceilidgh and Colin.
Mallory Stevens is the new South Elementary School Principal. Mrs. Stevens has served as a classroom teacher for the past seven years in the district. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Stonehill College and a Masters of Education in Special Education from Bridgewater State University. Currently, Mrs. Stevens is pursuing a C.A.G.S. from Fitchburg State University through the Catherine Leahy Brine Program. Mrs. Stevens is looking forward to serving the South School community in her new role as Principal.
Michele Callinan is the new John F. Kennedy Elementary School Interim Principal for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Callinan attended Holbrook schools before graduating from Bridgewater State University with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She began her career in 1974 at the John F. Kennedy School, then taught at the Holbrook Junior-Senior High School, before moving to the South School in 1993, where she taught special needs, fifth-grade, and also served as the Assistant Principal, retiring in December, 2012. Mrs. Callinan is looking forward to returning to the John F. Kennedy School, working with a new generation of students, at the school where her career began.
Upcoming Events/Dates for 2014-2015 School Year
August 18, 2014 - 7:00-8:00PM
7TH GRADE ORIENTATION
Holbrook Junior-Senior High School
August 19, 2014 - 6:30-7:30PM
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
August 21, 2014 - 9:00-10:00AM
JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
August 21, 2014 - 10:30-11:30AM
SOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION
South Elementary School
August 21, 2014 - 6:00-7:00PM
PRINCIPAL MEET AND GREET
Holbrook Junior-Senior High School
September 4, 2014 - 6:30-8:00PM
John F. Kennedy Elementary School Open House
September 11, 2014 - 6:30-8:00PM
South Elementary School Open House
October 2, 2014 - 6:00-8:00PM
Holbrook Junior-Senior High School Open House
JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
APPLICATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR
SEPTEMBER 2014 3 & 4 YEAR OLD PROGRAMS
The Holbrook Public School District is now accepting applications for its tuition-based, integrated preschool program for the 2014-2015 school year. Program hours for the Morning Session are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-11:30am. The Afternoon Session is Monday-Thursday from 12:30pm-3:00pm.
Applications and additional information about the program are available at www.holbrook.k12.ma.us
, the John F. Kennedy Elementary School, 339 Plymouth Street and at the Office of the Superintendent, 245 So. Franklin Street.
Applicants must reside in Holbrook and be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 of the entry year.
Click here for the Preschool Application.
Join the Community Group that is interested in promoting
the new PreK-12 School Building
Please contact Karen Santorelli at the firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining.
Holbrook Junior-Senior High School and Avon will be teaming up with Blue Hills for hockey for the 2014-2015 school year.
This is a great opportunity for those student-athletes in grades 9-12 to get back on the ice. The estimated cost per player is $700.
On Wednesday, March 26, the Massachusetts School Building Authority
voted to approve the Holbrook PreK- 12 project for the
Schematic Design phase.
This is a major step for both the new building project and education in Holbrook. If the project remains on schedule, the community funding vote would occur in November of 2014 with a ground breaking ceremony in October of 2015. State Senator John Keenan and State Treasurer Steve Grossman spoke positively about Holbrook and the project.
This is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work by many members of the Holbrook community.
Holbrook Public School continuously works to improve and make our schools a safe place. The students in this presentation video have clearly outlined what we believe is important about stopping bullying. Thank you to all of the student participants in "Bulldogs Don't Bully."
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