MSBA Elementary School Project Land Swap Vote at 11/7 Town Meeting
Published on Nov 4, 2016 14:17

At Monday night’s Fall Town Meeting Article #5 will finalize the process of transferring land needed to move forward on the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) elementary school project.    The site of the proposed new school is currently designated as “park” land.  Under the MSBA guidelines, in order to build the new school the land must be under control of the Millis Public Schools.  Because the land is protected under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution which preserves land for conservation and recreation purposes, the Massachusetts Legislature needs to approve the land being designated for school purposes.


Article 5 completes the process started at the Spring Town Meeting when residents voted overwhelming to give permission for the ESBC to initiate the process of shifting control of land parcels designated as both “town” land and “park” land to “school” control. For the project to proceed a 2/3 majority vote is required to authorize the Town to transfer control of the swap parcels and to submit the home-rule petition to the Massachusetts Legislature.


The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) has prepared the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document to provide additional information on the Article and the vote.  In addition, the attached includes visuals of the specific land parcels as they exist today and the changes proposed within the Article 5 vote.


The Fall Town Meeting takes place next Monday, 11/7/16 at 7:30 PM in the Millis High School Auditorium.



For additional information on the project please visit


For questions on the project please email

For a list of frequently asked questions follow the link below:

Steven G. Catalano

Special Advisor to the Chief of Police/Public Information Officer

Harvard University Police Department

1033 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th floor

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138



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