Construction Resumes at Columbia Road

In addition to the direct capital impacts of the construction delays, the uncertainty surrounding facilities is also impacting Conservatory Lab Charter School’s programs, making it necessary for school leaders to plan for extended remote learning or a hybrid program to keep our families safe.

The school has purchased 40 new Chromebooks and is budgeting for at least 60 more, as well as hardware, software, and training for teachers. We also plan to make additional capital investments in broadband and distance learning tools at the new building, so that teachers have all the tools that they need in order to structure virtual learning routines and stay connected and engaged with our students.

To support Conservatory Lab Foundation as we meet these challenges you can contribute to the Capital Campaign or the General Fund. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a complete list of needs and opportunities.

Topping Off Ceremony at Columbia Road

Though an arctic chill came roaring into town on Wednesday, November 13, Principal Nicole Mack, Chief Operating Officer John Chistolini, and Chair of the Facilities Committee Gary Gut braced the cold air to celebrate as the final beam was raised atop Conservatory Lab Charter School’s permanent home on Columbia Road in Dorchester!

Architect Stephen Zuber from Arrowstreet took them on a tour of the site, including a stop where the grand learning stairs are taking shape. This will be one of several areas where students can gather to share music, celebrate accomplishments, and invite community members to join them, making us a true partner in the growing Uphams Corner Arts District.

This moment represents great joy for the school, which has endured the heartbreak and disruption of moving several times since its founding 20 years ago.

With fingers crossed for a season free of major snowstorms, construction should move fairly quickly from here. Occupancy is projected to be on or about July 20!

We continue to fundraise for the last $800,000 leg of the Campaign, funds that will outfit the building with essential features and equipment. The list includes warming ovens in the cafeteria, acoustical paneling in the ensemble rooms, and white boards in the classrooms. A detailed list is available upon request.

Contact Rick Tagliaferri, Director of the Capital Campaign
(617) 254-8904 x 108

Announcing Kitty Pell Day

On September 24, the board of Conservatory Lab raised a glass to toast its founding trustee Kitty Pell. For 20 years, Kitty has inspired friends, found resources, and tirelessly championed Conservatory Lab as a school for the nation.

Kitty Pell sat front and center while Martha Kleinman, Vice Chair of the board of trustees reads aloud the Mayoral Proclamation designating September 24 as &Kitty Pell Day to an audience of school leaders and founding board members hosted by Bob Grinberg and Debbie Lewis. Pictured from the back left: Tony Pell, Debbie Lewis, Deborah Smith, Linda Nathan, John Chistolini, Nicole Mack, Bob Grinberg, Diana Lam. Middle Rows: Pamela Seigle, Anne Snyder, Lynn Cetrulo, Ron Gwiazda, Kim Marshall, Curtis Warner. Front Row, Katherine Sloan, Kitty Pell. Reading: Martha Kleinman

The festivities included a serenade from a trio of eighth-grade students and readings of proclamations in recognition of Kitty’s service from both Governor Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Mayor Walsh declared September 24 to be Kitty Pell Day.

Kitty will continue to serve on the board of the Conservatory Lab Foundation and was newly elected as a Trustee Emerita by the Charter School

We are incredibly proud to honor Kitty, our visionary leader and beloved founder of Conservatory Lab, and thrilled that there is a day dedicated to celebrate how special she is.