Swampscott’s elementary schools are the 4th oldest of ALL Massachusetts towns - only Savoy, Petersham, Carlisle and Tisbury have older elementary schools.
Swampscott’s antiquated elementary school buildings do not meet the 21st century needs of teaching and learning today.
Our schools have antiquated electrical service, poor and unhealthy ventilation, and limited technology capacity.
Swampscott’s elementary schools are NOT ADA accessible: only Clarke Elementary School, our smallest school, provides even partial ADA compliance. This is a challenge and a disservice to students and teachers with mobility considerations.
Our elementary schools do not address modern day safety requirements - including controlled and monitored entrances/exits.
Our elementary schools have inadequate spaces - insufficient bathrooms, an art room in a locker room with a kiln in a shower, lunch rooms in basements, a library and music room in a portable trailer, and hallways used as classrooms.
Finally, modern and safe schools for all of our kids and teachers.
Finally, appropriate and state of the art learning spaces and teacher collaboration areas.
Finally, a safe secure building - with controlled access, proper sight lines, and security systems.
Finally, a properly ventilated, cooled and heated facility to provide a healthy appropriate learning environment.
Finally, wifi and technology that supports 21st century education.
Finally, a full-size gymnasium, a real cafeteria, and an actual library/media center.
Finally, actual band and music rooms, art rooms and other specialized spaces where our kids can explore their passions.
Finally, ample and age appropriate outdoor learning and recreation spaces where kids can safely explore, learn and just be kids.
Tenley, the Swampscott School Committee's student representative, introduces viewers to the current state of Swampscott's elementary schools.