Facilities Master Plan

Read the final report prepared by CannonDesign and presented to School Committee on 1/25/24.
Stay tuned for next steps in this exploratory process!

The district has embarked on an ambitious project to review our school buildings and develop a plan for our long-term future. 

We are joined in this work by CannonDesign, a national architecture and planning firm with deep experience in PreK-12 education. 

The stakeholder group working closely with CannonDesign is the District Planning Committee (DPC); see below for a list of members.

At the end of this process, the district will have a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan.

Our commitments

 The process for developing the Facilities Master Plan will be both inclusive and transparent. 

The DPC will develop guiding principles, use objective data, and incorporate stakeholder voice. 

Students, parents/guardians, educators, School Committee members, district administrators, and town officials will all be represented in the group.

View presentations and reports

1/25/24 Memo to School Committee re FMP

1/25/24 CannonDesign Final Report (slides, video)

12/14/23 School Committee: Final Recommendations
(slides) (video)

11/2/23 Community Forum #2 (slides) (video)

10/26/23 School Committee Meeting (and slides) 

10/14/23 District Planning Committee Meeting #2

9/18/23 Community Forum #1 (and video)

9/14/23 School Committee Meeting

8/9/23 District Planning Committee Meeting #1

Facilities Conditions
Assessment Reports

Combined Portfolio Report

Read these reports to learn more about the assessments completed on our buildings. 

The reports outline maintenance needs that will need to be addressed over the next 10 years, along with projected costs.

Calendar of Facilities Master Plan events

Workshop #1: District Planning Committee Wednesday, Aug. 9 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Establish guiding principles

Community Forum #1 and Launch of Survey #1 Monday, Sept. 18 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Listen for community values and decision criteria

Workshop #2: District Planning Committee Saturday, Oct. 14 9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Review results of Survey #1 and Facilities Assessment; 

develop draft options

Community Forum #2 and Launch of Survey #2 Thursday, Nov. 2 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Provide input on draft options presented by Cannon

Workshop #3: District Planning Committee Tuesday, Dec. 5 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Review results of Survey # 2;
finalize recommendations to School Com.

What is a Facility Master Plan?

A Facilities Master Plan is a planning document that:

What does the process look like?

The District Planning Committee (DPC) will meet five times over a four month period, from early August through early December. These five gatherings include three meetings of the DPC, along with two Community Forums

At these forums, the community at large will provide input into Facilities Master Plan goals and priorities, as well as review proposed plan options. The community will have additional opportunities to provide feedback through online surveys. We will advertise the forums widely to generate as much participation as possible.

At the conclusion of the process, CannonDesign, with close consultation of the DPC, will make independent recommendations to the School Committee.  

What is the role of the District Planning Committee?

DPC volunteers fill a vital role by: 

District Planning Committee Members

School Committee

Reina Dastous, Chair, Northfield

Michele Giarusso, Leyden

District Administration

Patricia Kinsella, Superintendent, Co-Chair

Jordan Burns, Director of Finance & Operations, Co-Chair

Nancy Parlakulas, Director of Student Services

Kate Messmer, Director of Teaching & Learning

Gretchen Licata, Director of Facilities

Maren Law, Early Childhood Coordinator

Cindy Schultz, BES Principal

Krissy Schreiber, NES Principal

Matt Sullivan, PVRS Principal

Town Officials

Brian Keir, Bernardston Select Board

Andrea Llamas, Northfield Town Administrator

Danika Tyminski, PVRS
Joshua Freund, PVRS

Jordan Cummings, Env. Educator


Shane Duclos, PVRS

Magan MacDougall-Goulding, NES


Calla McKeon, PVRS

Lex Singh, PVRS

Restoration Ecologist

John Lepore