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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

南端 William E. Carter學校9200萬元新校舍破土動工

MAYOR WU, SUPERINTENDENT CASSELLIUS, AND CITY OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON NEW WILLIAM E. CARTER SCHOOL

The $92 million investment will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the district’s students with the highest needs
BOSTON - Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - Today Mayor Michelle Wu, joined by leaders of BPS, the City’s Public Facilities Department, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) attended a groundbreaking at the site of the new William E. Carter School. The Carter School serves students ages 12-22 with disabilities and complex learning needs. The new school building, to be built on the existing site in the South End, will increase the number of classrooms, establish an early childhood program and a Pre-K-12 pathway, and add a new sensory garden and indoor spaces specially designed to advance the development of the Carter School’s student population. The project is slated to cost $92 million, and will include upwards of $26 million in reimbursement to the City of Boston from the MSBA. 

Starting this summer, Public Facilities, in partnership with BPS and the MSBA, will begin demolition of the existing William E. Carter School, followed by construction of a new, 80,000+ sq/ft school building on the same site. The new building is scheduled to open in time for the 2024-25 school year. The temporary home of the Carter will be in a portion of the Lila Frederick School.

“The Carter School has given our students with disabilities and complex learning needs world class care and love for more than 50 years,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Maximizing our students’ access to learning through a combination of data-driven instruction and individualized student-first services has highlighted what our Boston Public Schools mean for families in this City. That’s why I’m excited to celebrate breaking ground here on a brand new facility to reflect and encourage the exceptional work that happens at the Carter School.”

“I am so excited for our Carter School students and community. This new school building will create a modern, up-to-date and well-equipped learning environment that matches the brilliance of the students within it,” said Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. “I am grateful for our wonderful partnership with MSBA so that we can continue to deliver on our promise of a quality guarantee. The City’s continued commitment to creating 21st-century school buildings and classrooms is a crucial step forward in delivering not only an equitable and excellent learning environment, but also on the promise of a more vibrant and inclusive Boston for all of its residents.”

“I am happy that students in the Carter School will be receiving the facilities they need to continue flourishing in an environment that caters to their community,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Jeri Robinson. “Not only will this school community get a new school building, but this new building will also give them the chance to expand and have outdoor learning spaces, allowing them to continue to advance student development and learning. This initiative shows us just how important it is that our students learn in environments that can make a direct impact on their school experiences.”

At the Carter School, teachers and therapists work on learning objectives together to provide individualized, intensive education programming for students with the highest needs requiring total personal care. Due to these unique challenges, each classroom is composed of five students, one teacher, and two teaching assistants. The new building will better enable educators to provide an accessible, developmentally appropriate educational environment that includes data driven instruction and individualized services for all students. The new construction will:

  • Increase the number of classrooms from 5 to 12 classrooms (increasing the number of students from 25 to 60).
  • Establish a Carter School Early Childhood program and a Pre-K-12 pathway.
  • Build a therapeutic pool that is accessible to all students. 
  • Construct a rooftop outdoor classroom and sensory garden to connect students with the outdoors and provide an engaging environment to support communication development.
  • Create a literacy commons when students and visitors first enter the building to enforce the school mission of developing communication and literacy skills for all students in alignment with the District Instructional Focus on Equitable Literacy Instruction. Carter students all have the potential to be emergent readers, working on important skills such as letter recognition, adaptive writing, and many other literacy skills. This space will allow students and teachers to take part in multi-classroom literacy activities, and experience an environment that supports the development of a love of reading and learning.
  • Enforce a whole-school design that views every space from the lens of how it can best increase each student’s ability to communicate across all environments.

“We’re proud to partner with the MSBA to invest in the school facility that the Carter students deserve,” said Chief of Operations Dion Irish. “We’re committed to a vision of equity where every student has the facilities and programs they need to learn. We look forward to carrying this work forward with the Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools.” 

In May, Mayor Wu announced her commitment to upgrading aging school facilities district-wide through her Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools. The $2 billion plan will begin with more than a dozen new construction or major renovation projects, delivering urgent improvements to environmental health, justice, and safety for all BPS students, families, and educators. More on a Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools can be found here.

“Today is the start of a new and exciting time for the Carter School students and their families,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who oversees the MSBA. “This new state of the art school, its educators, and staff are providing an accessible educational environment that will meet the needs of the students and the MSBA is excited to partner in building this one of a kind school.”

The MSBA has been a valued partner for the Carter School and BPS. The design process began in the winter of 2020, with participation from the Carter School students, staff, families, and other community partners. The inclusive design process allowed the team to partner with the entire Carter School community to plan and to remove barriers to the Carter students’ education. Community input informed the design of the building, resulting in a school that will support and unlock further potential of all the Carter School students. 

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