After almost two years as a construction zone, Natick’s Kennedy Middle School has at last opened its double doors for the business of educating students. The brand-new, $81 million, 183,250-square-foot building on Mill Street stands ready to do its job for full-time in-person education when public health protocols allow, but gets to ease its way into use for starters.
Principal Andrew Zitoli is all about looking ahead. Gesturing out the window to the old Kennedy, which still stands for now, he said, “The old school will be torn down pretty soon. Once that’s done, the new gym can be built. Right now contractors are making their way through the punch list, and that’ll take a little while. Maybe into the summer.”
Come September, it’s hoped that the punch list will be down for the count, and students and staff will return to a fully in-person educational model.
Principal Zitoli took us on a tour of the school. Here’s what we saw: