Johnson Elementary School
Johnson Elementary School

Natick (Mass.) district looks to close an aging elementary school

Nov. 11, 2021
The 81-year-old Johnson Elementary School needs $3 million in upgrades to become ADA-compliant.

The Natick (Mass.)  district is considering whether to close an aging elementary school

Johnson Elementary School, an 81-year-old facility, needs $3 million in upgrades to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reports The MetroWest Daily News

District officials say the upgrades needed at Johnson are not eligible for funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

The school has 26,000 square feet of space, which is too small to meet the MSBA's requirements for subsidizing renovation.

The board is expected to vote next week on whether to gradually phase out the elementary school, which houses grades K to 4.

A gradual phase-out would enable existing Johnson students to finish their time there.

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