The Lincoln Eliot Elementary School / NECP Project is a major priority for the City under its school improvement program, requiring major renovation or replacement as identified in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. The Lincoln Eliot Elementary School (Lincoln Eliot) received a rating of 3 for building condition (scale: 1 best condition – 4 worst condition) on the MSBA’s 2016 Facility Needs Survey. Similarly, the “Newton Schools Long-Range Facilities Master Plan,” updated November 2011, ranked the Lincoln Eliot School 3.1 for facility condition and 4 for educational space needs (scale of 1 best condition - 4 worst condition; a rating of 3 is defined as fair condition requiring repair or replacement and a rating of 4 is defined as poor condition requiring repair or replacement).
The current Lincoln Eliot Elementary School, built in 1939, with additions in 1965 and 1974 is approximately 51,074 GSF in size, on three levels, and sits on one acre of land. It has a current enrollment of 374 students, with an expected growth over the next five years up to 381 students. In order to meet the school district’s capacity challenges, the replacement Lincoln Eliot School will be sized to accommodate some growth beyond its current 18 classrooms and capacity of 396 students, for an expected enrollment of 22-24 classrooms, and 450 to 490 elementary students.
The Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) currently occupies 150 Jackson Road (former Aquinas College). The program was relocated to 150 Jackson Road in 2016 due to space constraints at its former locations at the Lincoln-Eliot School and the Education Center. Currently the program has approximately 200 students and utilizes approximately 13 classrooms. The program also serves 100 or more students on a part-time basis for services including speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. To keep pace with consistent long-term trends of increased need for special education services, the program is anticipated to serve 300-350 students in total and to need 14-16 core classrooms, expanded individual and small group spaces, as well as flexible spaces to be able to respond to community needs.
To meet the increasing enrollment, space demands, and physical challenges at the current Lincoln Eliot School and the NECP program at 150 Jackson Road, the City of Newton will undertake a Feasibility Study to determine the most educationally and fiscally appropriate solution.