Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 5, 2013

A `bittersweet' beginning; Bancroft School marks its final first day

Bancroft School marks its final first day


Will they take bricks? A section of a walkway? A part of a sign?

“There’s a lot of people that are talking about wanting to take a piece of Bancroft with them — more than just in their heart, but in their hands,” Forsman said. “Everyone has a different idea of what they’d like to take.”

There hasn’t been an official endorsement of the idea from the School Building Committee, but those mapping out the future school have been tossing ideas around as well, Deso said.

“We’re going to try to figure out some way to do it,” he said, “but we also have to demolish the building. So it’s not as easy as chipping out a brick.”

Forsman and Deso said one possibility might involve removing the current school’s railings and dispersing them among faculty.

But whatever method is used to preserve a piece of the old school, Deso said “we’re going to try to accommodate those wishes.

“I know it’s a very sentimental school for a lot of people, and there is a lot of emotion tied to it,” he said.

Touseau is certain the final day for Bancroft will not be easy.

“(I’m) going to cry when this thing is knocked down,” she said. “I might not be able to be here that day.”

Until that time comes, it will be business as usual at Bancroft. The school’s final year will follow the pattern of previous ones, Forsman said, because it’s “important to keep up the standards and routine for children.”

And when the transition between schools eventually occurs, “we’ll develop new traditions in the new school,” he said.

“I think after we make that break and get over in the new school, see the new environment, this will be a fond memory,” Forsman said. “We’ll work to make new traditions and have excitement that’s owned by that building.”

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