SEPT. 22, 2011: As part of its decision process, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection — which reviews appeals to Conservation Commission decisions — visits the site with neighbors, lawyers and town officials.
DEC. 30, 2011: A Superior Court judge rules in favor of the town in its use of the wetlands bylaw. The DEP also supported the Conservation Commission’s decision leading up to the Superior Court decision, but appeals to the DEP decision takes the matter up to an adjudicatory hearing process at the DEP’s highest levels.
FEBRUARY 2012: As litigation on the project continues, the town drafts two plans to build the West Knoll Road access around problematic wetlands, which would allow the project to proceed despite ongoing litigation. The MSBA later approved the measure.
APRIL 2012: The abutters appealing the project settle with the town in an agreement that regulates how many playing fields can be built on the site and other measures aimed at reducing light and noise on surrounding properties. On the other side, those appealing the project agree to not appeal it again.
AUG. 1, 2012: Bancroft Principal Francis Goldstein retires. She is replaced by newly hired leader Mal Forsman. At the time time, the paved roadway leading to the school from West Knoll Road is finished. The existing driveway on Bancroft Road is restricted to only construction equipment.
OCT. 4, 2012: A groundbreaking ceremony is held on the project, ceremonially launching the school’s long-awaited construction.
NOVEMBER 2012: As bid responses continue to come in on the project, the School Building Committee realizes that the project could be around $5 million off budget due to the earlier appeal-driven delays. As the committee starts working on the numbers, a Special Town Meeting to address the shortfall is suggested as a possible solution.
JAN. 9, 2013: The School Building Committee hammers out the final details of the budget gap and marks it at $5,714,029.