Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 5, 2013

Off to an early start


“It was difficult,” she said. “I’m sad that I have to let my kids go.”

School construction projects also posed no problems on the first day, officials said.

A $2.5 million project to redo all paved areas around Doherty Middle School that was expected to take four months was crunched into a two-month window to have as little impact on the school year as possible, Ihor Raniuk, town construction project manager, said.

All of the sidewalks, driveways, drop-off areas and parking around the school were resurfaced by the first day of class. More paving will add a second layer of asphalt once construction of the neighboring Cormier Family Youth Center is finished, Raniuk said.

Police details were necessary to make sure student drop-off at Doherty Middle went smoothly, Andover public safety officer Chuck Edgerly said.

“Everybody was very patient,” Edgerly said last week. “We’ll still be up there for the next few days to make sure everybody is able to go where they need to go safely.”

Meanwhile, construction of the new Bancroft Elementary School has meant access there has shifted from Bancroft Road to neighboring West Knoll Road. Police were on hand to assist with opening-day student drop-offs. But even with the construction, it was business as usual.

“A few new drivers, but I thought it went very smoothly,” Edgerly said. “We gave them a hand with their kindergarten orientation also, but everyone at Bancroft still had it in their mind what they needed to do.”

But next year, for the opening of the new Bancroft, he said, “It will be a whole new ball game.”

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