Academy School

What Should Madison Do With Academy School?

We Want to Hear From You!

The original Academy School, Hand Academy, was gifted from Daniel Hand in 1884. It became a public high school in 1887. The original school building was demolished and replaced with the current building in 1921. The school was closed in 2004 and transferred to the Town of Madison in 2011.

Studies of the school building suggest that it will cost several million dollars to renovate the property for reuse. Because the site has been vacant for over a decade, and renovation of the building could be costly, the Town is considering multiple options for the future of the building.


The Proposals received in response to the RFP are listed below.

These documents are very large and may take extra time to download.

 Dakota Partners, Inc

Greylock Property Group, LLC

RAL Development Services, LLC

Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development, Inc

Hard copies of the proposals are available in the Office of the First Selectman and at the Scranton Memorial Library. 


Share Your Opinion!

Complete the Proposal Ranking Form and share your comments with us.

If you prefer, paper Ranking/Comment cards will be available in the Office of the First Selectman and at the Scranton Memorial Library.


February 12 & 13, 2018

Developer Presentations are scheduled for Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm at the Polson Middle School auditorium. Two developers will present each evening. The format will allow for a 30 minute presentation and 30 minute question and answer session for each developer.

February 12   7 PM   RAL Development Services
February 12   8 PM   Greylock Property Group

February 13   7 PM   Dakota Partners
February 13   8 PM   Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Dev

February 22, 2018

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00pm in the Polson Middle School auditorium to solicit feedback on the proposals with the goal of ranking the eligible pool of developers and eliminating one or more of the lowest ranking proposals.

February 26, 2018

During the Regular Board of Selectmen meeting, the Board will formally vote to eliminate one or more of the proposals and enter into a “due diligence” period with the remaining developers. This period is expected to last anywhere from several weeks to a few months.

Additional public hearings will be held prior to the Board of Selectmen recommending a single development proposal to be voted on at referendum. This site will be updated to notify residents of future opportunities for public participation.