FPS to Host a Grand Opening Celebration for the New Fuller Middle School
Framingham Public Schools
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Contact: Rochelle Santos
Media and Communications Manager
Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
*Media Advisory / Press Release*
Framingham Public Schools to Host a Grand Opening Ceremony Event to Celebrate the New Fuller Middle School
September 10, 2021 (Framingham, MA): Representatives from Framingham Public Schools, School Committee, Fuller School Building Committee, City Council, the City of Framingham, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the public will gather outdoors on Sunday, September 26th beginning at 1 p.m. for the Grand Opening Celebration to commemorate the completion of the new Fuller Middle School. Building tours will be available in shifts until 4 p.m..
In December of 2018, the majority of Framingham’s voters who visited the polls supported a debt exclusion, allowing Framingham to utilize $39.5 million in state funding provided by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to build a new Fuller Middle School. Six months later the District hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate and launch the construction of the new building. Now in September 2021, the District is proud to open the doors and classrooms of the new Fuller Middle School to staff and students.
“When our student representatives from Fuller cut the ribbon at the entrance of their new middle school, they will be marking a renaissance of education in Framingham,” said the Framingham Superintendent of Schools Robert A.Tremblay. “Opening the doors to a state-of-the-art facility that invites creativity, curiosity, and hands-on learning is a loud message from our community to our students that we care deeply about learning and the long-term successes that come with the high quality education that we proudly offer in Framingham. I am so incredibly proud of the team who constructed and oversaw this on time, under budget project - and cannot wait to celebrate with all stakeholders.”
”The new Fuller Middle School is a reflection of how much the City of Framingham values its children, their education, and its teachers. The natural light that pours into the new school will nurture intellectual curiosity and creativity in all of our students,” said Kerry Wood, Principal of Fuller Middle School. “As a school community, we are proud of our new space and excited for what the future holds. There is so much more to experience here, and we look forward to sharing and celebrating this inspirational building with our community.”
Courtesy of Framingham Education Channel TV (FEC-TV), the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be broadcasted live through the Framingham Public Schools Facebook Page, as well as on Comcast CH 8, Verizon CH 41, and RCN CH 15. The event will also be recorded for later playback on demand on the FEC-TV website.
WHAT: Fuller Middle School Grand Opening Celebration
WHERE: Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA 01702 (All programming is planned to be outdoors except for the building tours. The District will be adhering to COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures and city rule which requires that face coverings/masks are required indoors)
DATE: Sunday, September 26, 2021
TIME: The event begins at 1 p.m. with music performances and gathering. The official program begins at 2 p.m.
1:00pm - 2:00pm
- Pre-event Gathering & Fellowship at the Fuller Middle School Band Shell (FPS & Friends Jazz Band Performances)
- Meet and Greet and photo opportunity with the National Lancers in front of McCarthy Elementary School
2:00pm National Anthem & Presentation of Colors by Massachusetts Lancers Mounted Honor Guard
2:10pm Welcome from Dr. Tremblay, Superintendent of Schools
2:20pm Reflections & Celebrations
- Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, City of Framingham
- Mr. David Miles, Chair, Fuller Middle School Building Committee
- Mr. George King, Chair, Framingham City Council
- Mr. Adam Freudberg, Chair, Framingham School Committee
- Ms. Kerry Wood, Principal, Fuller Middle School
- Dr. John L. Fuller, Fuller Family
- Mr. Jack McCarthy, Executive Director, Massachusetts School Building Authority
- Senator Karen E. Spilka, Massachusetts Senate President
2:45pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Fuller Middle School Entrance
2:50pm Student-Led Building Tours
4:00pm End of Event
About The Fuller Middle School Building Project
Fuller Middle School has served the community for over 60 years. The school has reached a point that it no longer meets today's building codes, has structural deficiencies, inefficient and inoperable systems, and does not adequately support our educational curriculum. The MSBA and the City of Framingham undertook a multi-year study to develop a cost-effective, sustainable, and educationally appropriate solution for the aging Fuller Middle School.
The new Fuller Middle School is a three-story building with a learning commons/cafeteria at the core surrounded by collaboration balconies fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 420-seat auditorium/performing arts center, full-building air conditioning and state of the art ventilation system, ADA Accommodations, outdoor amphitheater, and in 2022 once the old Fuller is removed and replaced - turf athletic fields, and solar and battery clean energy projects. Additionally, there will be space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) instructional areas. No swing space was required during construction which meant a lack of neighborhood interference, and there was no need to temporarily move students to an alternative location. The MSBA has agreed to provide a grant of $39.5 million towards the total project cost of $98.3 million. After the MSBA grant, the City’s share is $58.8 million.
For more about the project, visit https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/Page/6704.
About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.
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