Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 7, 2013

Town: No good alternative to spending $5.7M


Then, there’s what the town would do with the existing Bancroft Elementary School, a facility that has required hundreds of thousands of dollars in upkeep to stay open, and has had to close for a day at least once so that workers could remove snow from its roof.

“The problems with the original building won’t go away. The problems in Shawsheen (School) won’t go away,” said Rich Crowley, Plant and Facilities project manager.

Overcrowding issues across the school system would also remain if a new Bancroft school isn’t built, according to Crowley.

Other town officials agree.

“To bring the building down wouldn’t even make sense,” said Maria Maggio, acting Plant and Facilities director.

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