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Christa McAuliffe School announces new Framingham location

Posted by John Swinconeck  September 5, 2013 04:23 PM

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The Christa McAuliffe Charter School will be moving across town to a new location on Newbury Street in Framingham, according to an announcement Tuesday by Executive Director Kristin Harrison and Board Chairman Jim Tierney.

Having reportedly reached an agreement to buy the property from Framingham Newbury 135 CPI LLC, rhe school will move from its current location at 25 Clinton St. to 135-139 Newbury St., close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 30 in summer 2014,

The new space is comparable in size to the current site, however, the new space “reflects a more flexible and efficient educational space,” according to a statement released by the school.

The school will serve 396 scholars in grades 6-8 from towns including Natick, Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Sudbury, Southborough, and Marlborough.

The four-acre campus will include 18 general classrooms, two art/tech classrooms, teacher workrooms and administrative offices, a multi-use cafeteria, an Adventure and Wellness Center, and outdoor green space for adventure, fitness, and experiential learning activities.

The campus can accommodate parking and includes two access points that will make traffic management more efficient and safe for students, parents and staff.

“Our new campus will be beautifully designed to fit into the neighborhood and provide flexible and usable space for our students,” said Kristin Harrison in a written statement. “As a regional charter school with families traveling from surrounding towns … we are very fortunate to have found the perfect location within the town of Framingham.”

A meeting with the local community will take place prior to the school’s meeting with the Planning Board, according to this week’s statement. The meeting time and location has yet to be announced, but McAuliffe leaders said they will share details on the campus acquisition and project design and hear questions and input from neighbors.

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