Assessing Options, Guiding Progress

Peebles Elementary School
Bourne, Massachusetts

In 2015, SMMA was selected to provide owner’s project management services for the Town of Bourne’s Peebles Elementary School project. The school, which currently serves approximately 400 children, is dated, as well as increasingly ill-equipped to accommodate modern educational delivery techniques.

The project is currently in the feasibility study phase, a process that has necessitated analyzing multiple school sizes and grade configurations—including a 250-student kindergarten through grade 4 school at the present Peebles site, as well as the consolidations of two schools into either a 725-student pre-kindergarten through grade four school or an 885-student pre-kindergarten through grade five school, both of which would be located at the current site of the Bournedale Elementary School.

Given the unique topographical considerations involved—with the Cape Cod Canal bisecting the Town, and the Peebles and Bournedale sites located on either side—a critical component of the study will be community-wide engagement to successfully reach the right solution. This will be accomplished through a significant community outreach program, including neighborhood gatherings and town-wide forums, focusing on educational visioning, transportation, and parity. 

The study is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016, and will be brought to Town voters in the fall of 2016.