Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 22, 2012

Bancroft facing $5 million budget gap

Special Town Meeting called to address shortfall


“There’s not a whole lot we can do to change the scope of the project,” Deso said. “I really don’t want to speculate on that.”

The 60 percent of the project already contracted includes the most important aspects of the building, including the steel frame, interior electrical and plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems and more, according to Deso.

The remaining parts of the project not yet contracted include the building’s exterior masonry and “the inside finishes, the painting, the tiles, computer equipment and, of course, the demolition of the existing building,” Deso said.

With or without the $5 million gap closed, the school is still slated to be open to students in the fall of 2014, according to Salafia.

Unless the town has an issue raising money to close the budget gap, there shouldn’t be any delays in construction.

“We’re on time right now. The issue is not a delay,” Salafia said. “The issue is just a year’s delay. A year later, the economy got a little bit better and the bids, had we bid this a year ago, would have been right on the money.”

Staff Reporter Jonathan Phelps contributed to this report.

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