MARY E. FINN SCHOOL - PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
In the past the Mary E. Finn School housed grades kindergarten and one. The school was built in 1965 with a total of 12 regular classrooms. Over the years, there had been no major additions, renovations or modifications to the building.
During 1996-97, four classrooms were used for kindergarten, which provided eight sessions, four in the morning and four in the afternoon. Six additional classrooms were used to house the grade one children. The remaining two classrooms were occupied by the Assabet Valley Collaborative Preschool Program and an Extended Day Program. There was an additional first grade classroom required in school year 1997-98, displacing the Preschool Program.
As a result of the school population outgrowing the building's physical space, a warrant article providing for renovations and an addition to the Mary E. Finn School was passed at a Special Town Meeting in January 1996, and subsequently approved in February 1996 by the voters at the ballot. The Mary E. Finn School project had been approved by the State's School Building Assistance Bureau. The Southborough School Building Committee finalized the plans with the architect.
Construction started in the fall of 1998. The initial project was completed for the 2000-2001 school year. Additional instructional rooms were approved at a special town meeting on April 1, 2000. They were completed in February, 2002.