Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 22, 2013

A look ahead for new year


“I’m very excited to be coming back to the Andover High School classrooms,” she said. “I look forward to working with the new principal and getting used to being back.”


Heavy work is under way at Doherty Middle School as a $2.5 million project to update the campus moves forward ahead of the construction of the Cormier Family Youth Center this fall.

The work at Doherty started just as school got out in June.

But with the tight summer vacation window, there is still work left to be done as students return to class next week, according to acting Plant and Facility Director Ed Ataide.

“There will be some landscaping, there will be some grading, some curbing left to be put in, some railings, things like that,” he said.

A major component of the work has been improving accessibility to the school in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Even though the work won’t be finished, Ataide said there will be no issues getting teachers and students in and out of class on the first day.

“Doherty will not be 100 percent, but it will be safe for students and faculty to get to school,” he said.


A $1.25 million upgrade to West Middle School is also nearing completion, Ataide said.

The project aims to completely replace and overhaul the school’s heating system. While the heating plant won’t be 100 percent when doors open next week, Ataide said the ventilation will be up and running to ensure the school has fresh air in every classroom. The final work will be completed soon.

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