Should the new school not be ready for occupancy until September, students would remain as is through the end of the school year. Landscaping of the new site would begin in May. Demolition of the old building would still occur over the summer, with final paving, line painting and more occurring in the fall.
“In either scenario, we’re still going to be working on the site” into the fall, Deso said. “It’s a question of the degree of work. It’s going to be the same duration.”
School Building Committee meetings with public safety officials, including the Police Department, have supported opening the school early so long as the building is ready, Deso added.
Bancroft Elementary School Principal Malcolm Forsman said he favored the April move-in date because “it gives us a chance to move in with our current population, a known population, with the same group of parents.”
“There’s a level of knowledge of the site and what we’re trying to do,” Forsman said. “If we move in April, we have that core of people already there to make it a smooth transition.”
However, School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue cautioned against relying on the April move-in date.
“The April scenario is built on the premise that everything goes well over the next (several) months,” he said. It’s “a considerable period of time we’re hoping everything goes better than we’re contractually obligated.”