Shrewsbury overwhelmingly votes in favor of a new Beal School


By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

A schematic drawing of the new Beal School. Photo/submitted

Shrewsbury – Voters have overwhelmingly approved a measure to build a new Beal School. The approval came via the town’s special election Nov. 6 which was held in conjunction with the state’s General Election.

The new school will be located at 214 Lake Street, formerly known as the Glavin Center.

Town Meeting members supported the ballot question at the Oct. 22 Special Town Meeting. On Oct. 31 the Massachusetts School Building Association granted final approval for $34 million in funding that will offset nearly $93 million dollars that the K-4 school building project is expected to cost.

The average single-family home, valued at $397,000, will see a tax bill increase of roughly $370.  As the debt is retired, that amount will decrease, officials said.

“The voters of Shrewsbury turned out to overwhelmingly support the building of a new Beal School. I’m just thrilled that our community will be able to take advantage of a $34 million-dollar state grant to address overcrowding in all of our elementary schools and meet the long-term needs of our K-4 population. I’m grateful for the volunteers and community members that contributed to the effort and helped us succeed,” stated Selectman Beth Casavant, co-chair of Community Supporters for Beal Campaign.

For official election results visit the Town Clerk’s page on the town of Shrewsbury’s website