This webpage is dedicated to the Chapin Street Building Project. The Ludlow Public Schools is working in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Board Authority.
MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,485 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.1 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.
Proposed Campus for the new Chapin Street School
(Please note that this is only a draft and still subject to change)
Presentation of the proposed Chapin Street Building Project to the Board of Selectmen and the Ludlow School Committee on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
Click here to view the timeline of this project to date.
The Ludlow Public Schools provides educational programs for students in preschool (Pre-K) through grade 12. As of October 1, 2016, there were 2,699 students enrolled in the Ludlow Public Schools. Currently, the district is organized into grade span schools; Prek-grade 1 at East Street Elementary School, grades 1 and 2 at Chapin Street Elementary School, grades 4 and 5 at Veterans Park Elementary School, grades 6-8 at Paul R. Baird Middle School, and grades 9-12 at Ludlow High School. Enrollment at Chapin is approximately 307 students as of the date of this report. Veterans Park Elementary School has a current enrollment of 378 students. It is anticipated that the combination of these two schools into one new building will result in an approximate enrollment of 630 students.
Click here to view the Chapin Project Educational Program
The plan we are now moving forward with involves combining the two Elementary schools (Chapin Street School and Veterans Park) into one new building. As evidenced by the Statements of Interest submitted to the MSBA for these schools, both buildings are in dramatic need of upgrade and modernization. Space constraints, cited in our most recent Special Education Coordinated Program Review, in these buildings are inhibiting the effective delivery of necessary educational programming and services. The two grade configuration of these schools (done in 2009 to save money) makes challenges that could be alleviated through the combination of the two schools. A two grade span increases transitions in the district, makes it more difficult to form strong relationships with families, increases the challenges of providing and monitoring academic, behavioral, and social supports for students, decreases the opportunity for peer mentoring initiatives as well as other challenges. Additionally, combination of the two schools would, in all likelihood, save the district money through the combination of services, personnel and transportation expenses, allowing us to utilize those funds to increase educational opportunities for our students. The combined Chapin and Vets School would create a grades 2-5 elementary school.