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Bill Butler

Bill Butler
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 508-862-4953
Fax: 508-790-6454  

Last September, the Barnstable Public Schools opened the Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center to house the district’s integrated preschool program. The ECELC is a permanent modular building and is the first phase of a three-phase modular construction project.

Phase 2 of the project is the addition of a 5,000 square foot modular building at Barnstable-West Barnstable Elementary School. The addition will house two classrooms, an art/music classroom, a media center, a conference room, and restrooms and storage. Phase 3 is the addition of a 6,000 square foot modular building at Hyannis West Elementary School to house four classrooms, offices, a conference room, and restrooms.

I’m pleased to report that phases 2 and 3 are now underway. With the assistance of TBA Architects, Inc., a contract for construction of phases 2 and 3 has been awarded to Vanguard Modular Building Systems, LLC. A groundbreaking for both phases took place at BWB on January 19. We expect that both phases will be completed and the space ready for occupancy by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

With the completion of this modular construction project, we will have removed all of the portable classrooms in Barnstable, some of which have been in place for several decades. Unlike portable classrooms, modular classroom buildings are permanent structures located on permanent foundations. They are similar to conventionally-constructed buildings but offer the advantages of efficiency and quality control that come from the fact that much of the construction takes place in a factory setting rather than at the construction site.

I would like to give special thanks to the School Committee, the Town Council, Town Manager Tom Lynch, and Finance Director Mark Milne for their support for this project. Also deserving of thanks are Director of Facilities Dave Kanyock, Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell, Hyannis West Principal Kathi Amato, and former BWB Principal Frank Gigliotti and current BWB Principal Karen Cloutier for their time, effort, and input on the project.

With the completion of phases 2 and 3 of this project, the Town of Barnstable will have accomplished important educational goals. Our integrated preschool program now has a permanent home after years of moving around to various locations. The modular additions to BWB and Hyannis West will help meet our spaces needs for many years. Just as significantly, the additions will allow those schools to return space now used for classes to its intended purposes, which will allow the schools to provide or expand programs designed to enrich the lives of their students.

This is a project in which the entire community should take pride.

Our Vision

The vision of the Barnstable Public Schools is to provide a common, standards-based educational program that will enable EVERY student to achieve rigorous performance standards in order to graduate college and career ready. 


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