Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can Dedham residents stay involved and what does the SBRC need from the community going forward?

  • What is the process for building a new school if we forgo the MSBA funding?

  • What are the specific roles of the SBRC, School Committee, and OPM?

  • Will the parent involvement within the schools be considered as part of this process?

  • Have any previous studies considered taking the money allocated for a new school and instead using that money to renovate the three existing schools instead?

  • I don’t have children who will attend any of the three schools that are potentially involved in the Oakdale project so why does this matter to me?

  • The current High School has not been at capacity for a long time. Has there been any discussion about putting all four elementary schools in the high school building and building a new High School?

  • Who decides which plan is ultimately approved?

  • What is the current enrollment and capacity of our elementary schools?

  • What are the thoughts on changing the school zones and redistricting? Is that a possibility?

  • What does this mean for Riverdale? Will families who currently attend Riverdale have to travel farther to get to school?

  • Who has the final say on which design and enrollment scenario moves forward to Town Meeting?

  • What is the timeline for the project and when it goes to a Town Meeting vote are we voting on which of the three options we prefer, or will that have already been decided?

  • Has the MSBA considered the current high enrollments in the ECEC when they proposed the enrollment numbers for the three options being considered?

  • Where will the current Oakdale students attend school while the new school is being built?