Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

February 7, 2013

More on Bancroft construction: What happens if approved, more

FUTURE TIMELINE

The following is a list of future milestones for the new Bancroft Elementary School construction project. Those several months out show what will happen if the additional $5.7 million for construction is approved.

FEB. 11, 2013: Voters gather at Special Town Meeting to either approve or reject the additional funding proposal.

FEB. 13, 2013: Construction continues on the project with or without Special Town Meeting approval, given that current work has already been awarded and financed by prior borrowing. A topping off ceremony is planned to celebrate placement of highest steel beam. Students will sign the beam and watch a crane places it at top of the building.

AUGUST 2013: The building will be weather tight, meaning much of the work ahead will take place within the new school building.

APRIL 2014: The new school will be complete. Students will continue to use the existing, older school building until the end of the year.

JUNE/JULY 2014: Demolition of the old building begins.

SEPTEMBER 2014: Kids move into their new Bancroft Elementary School.

OCTOBER 2014: Landscaping of the school grounds, including of the area where the now demolished former school once sat, is completed.

FIELDS, PLAYGROUNDS HAVE TAKEN HIT

Since the original plan was approved at Town Meeting, the play space that will be available to students has taken a hit.

While the original plan was to have three fields, there will now be one, and playground equipment is no longer included in the current project. If the $5.7 million is approved, about $100,000 will be added back into the plan for a playground.

The number of playing fields at the site was reduced to one as part of a court settlement with abutters. Enough space still exists for two fields, but vegetation will be planted in one area to prevent the area from being used as a youth sports field, as required by the settlement the town reached with those neighbors appealing the project.

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