Deso said he feels “very positive” going into Special Town Meeting.
“I think the townspeople will understand the need for this,” Deso said. “The foundation is in. The concrete is in. The steel is going up. The cost of taking the building apart and reclaiming is substantial, and we still have to build a school.”
As part of the existing building’s demolition, the committee must have the structure tested for hazardous chemicals, and a test was run recently to test for mercury at the existing building, according to Deso.
“This is all encapsulated. Nothing is exposed,” he said. “If there are things there, then when the contractors go in to demolish the building, they have to take precautions and do special removal and special disposal to take that into account.”
Test results on the toxic chemical have came back negative since the last School Building Committee meeting, meaning mercury does not need to be removed from the building.