Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

May 1, 2014

In the home stretch

New Bancroft Elementary School nears completion

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Instead, building committee members will see that it’s preserved in photographs for possible display in some form at the new Bancroft.

Once the school year ends in June, the fence will come down and crews will prepare the site for demolition, Deso said. Public access to the site will then transition to Bancroft Road, with work crews using the newly extended West Knoll Road.

The mound of dirt in front of the Bancroft property will be used to fill in the void once the old school is torn down.

While the new school will await students and teachers in the fall, construction on the two playgrounds, soccer field and other outdoor facilities will continue through October, Deso said.

One aspect that remained undecided last month was how the traffic pattern would look once the site work was completed, Deso said. One option being considered involved directing incoming traffic onto Bancroft Road while funneling outgoing traffic onto West Knoll Road.

It’s also not yet known whether a public tour will be held before school opens, Deso said.

But regardless, by the end of October, the new Bancroft should be fully operational, Deso said,

“By Halloween basically, that site should be totally an operating school, without any contractor,” he said.

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