The town has completed paving work for an extension of West Knoll Road that will serve as the new entrance to Bancroft Elementary School this year.
The extension, which was a point of contention for the Bancroft Elementary School construction project for several years, will serve as the only means of accessing the school starting Aug. 20, according to Maria Maggio, Plant & Facilities. As of this week, all that remains for the road construction is installing sidewalks and curbing.
In front of the school, pavement once used for parking and play have been reduced to piles of moved earth. The school’s beloved Dragon’s Lair playground has been demolished, and space for three soccer fields is now occupied with mountains of dirt and construction trailers.
As it stands, the front access to the school is restricted to construction equipment, though residents have still been using the school’s front driveway in recent weeks.
“The only people who should be going on that site are the principal, the administrators and the custodians for the school,” said Maggio. “We’re trying to stop people from going in there, but a lot of people are just driving in.”