About Killam

The J. W. Killam Elementary School was built in 1969 and currently houses kindergarten through fifth grade as well as 2 pre-school classrooms. The school itself is well maintained but has not undergone any major additions or renovations.  Killam is located on 7.28 acres of land which is abutted by two well-travelled streets, Charles Street on the west and Haverhill Street, and there are two modular classrooms which sit adjacent to the playground at the northern most part of the site.

MSBA Process

On March 2, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) voted to invite the J. Warren Killam Elementary School into the Eligibility Period portion of their process.  Reading was thrilled to be 1 of 17 districts chosen from 118 applicants.  What a wonderful opportunity we have in front of us and we are so appreciative!  To learn more about the MSBA process, please visit their website at: Massachusetts School Building Authority (massschoolbuildings.org)
There are 9 modules associated with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process.  The total process, start to finish, can take upwards of 6 years.
Our Team

Killam School Building Committee - Voting

Carla Nazzaro
Chair - School Committee
Karen Herrick
Vice-Chair - Select Board
John Coote
Permanent Building Committee
Kirk McCormick
Permanent Building Committee
Sarah McLaughlin
School Committee
Ed Ross
Gregory Stepler
Permanent Building Committee
Patrick Tompkins
Permanent Building Committee
Nancy Twomey
Permanent Building Committee

Killam School Building Committee - Non Voting

Tom Milaschewski
Matt Kraunelis
Acting Town Manager
Joe Huggins
Director of Facilities
Jayne Wellman
Director of Operations
Lindsey Fulton
Joellen McGinnity
3rd Grade Teacher

Educational Visioning Subcommittee

In the winter of 2024, a combined 30+ participants – including Reading leadership, staff, administrators, parents, and community members – participated in a series of visioning and programming sessions led by Educational Planner, Mike Pirollo (MLP Integrated Design) and Lavallee Brensinger Architects. Each session was part of a collaborative process designed to inform the J.W. Killam Elementary School Feasibility Study and pre-design process.

Utilizing school tours, observational building walk-throughs with district leadership, program verification meetings, and visioning sessions, participants worked through a step-by-step process aimed at capturing their high-level thinking around the following key areas:

  • Educational, architectural, and community goals and priorities
  • Identification of the early child and elementary learner, including the physical, academic, and social-emotional development and needs
  • Vision of teaching and learning, including the practices, strategies, programs, and structures for a future Killam elementary experience
  • Vision of the ideal learning environment, including space types, design features, and adjacencies

The Killam School Building Committee would like to acknowledge and thank the following who were instrumental members of the Educational Visioning Committee:

JoEllen McGinnity (3rd Grade Teacher)

Katie Cole (Kindergarten Teacher)

Denise Iozzo (Para Educator)

Owner’s Project Manager - COLLIERS PROJECT LEADERS

Derek Osterman
Principal in Charge
Mike Carroll
Project Director
Suzanna Yeung
Project Manager
Thao Nguyen
Project Accountant


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