Classroom addition: Construction is going smoothly, and is on track to finish towards the end of November, with move-in over winter break. Lake Street playground: Work on the space is underway, the new playground equipment is expected to arrive this week, and everything is on track to be done by the start of the school year. See below for some drawings!
April 14th updates
Lots of details about the construction fencing and staging area!
Construction fencing will be set up on Tuesday, 4/17.
The construction staging area will occupy a portion of the southern part of the site, extending from the school to Chandler Street (see image below).
The area will encompass the basketball court and the fencing will extend through the existing play area and return to the corner of the building.
The staging area will be fenced-in and controlled by E.A. Colangeli and will remain secured when no work is taking place.
Workers will access the site through the construction access gate on Chandler Street. They will arrive at 7am, ahead of the students’ arrival at 7:45am.
Work will end at 3:30pm, after the students’ dismissal at 2:30pm.
Here's an image:
April 13th updates
Classroom addition: The construction fences will be going up on-site on Tuesday, April 17. The General Contractor is still waiting on a permit from the Town before construction can begin, but that will happen by May 1st at the latest. They will be providing a drawing that illustrates the plan for access to the site throughout the period of construction. We will share that, along with plans for drop off, pick up, and recess as soon as it is available. For more information about this project, please see our FAQ page.
Lake Street playground: The School Council is working with the Town and other members of the classroom addition project team to finalize the details of this project. Our intent is to be able to order the playground equipment in May to remain on schedule for installation over the summer. As soon as we are able we will share more details about what the new structure will look like, the timing, etc.
Chandler Street playground: No new updates. Town Meeting will be voting on the funding for this study in May (along with others proposed through the Community Preservation Act program).
Mar 8th updates
Meeting recap: On February 27th, the architects and owners project manager presented the plans for the upcoming building project. We also provided some updates on the playground projects. The presentation from that evening is available below.
Classroom addition: The general contractor has been selected, and the final terms of the contract are being negotiated. Construction is due to begin towards the end of April. Details about the project design are available in the presentation. The exact plans for access to the site and how they will impact that outdoor space during construction are still being worked out by the general contractor. Principal DeFrancisco will work closely with them to finalize a plan that will minimize impacts to school operations and schedules. We know this is something that many people are concerned about, and we'll provide updates on that as soon as we are able.
Lake Street playground: We presented an update on the process, as well as some of the findings from the survey at the meeting on February 27th; the presentation has those details. Meanwhile, School Council has received three playground bids for equipment. We hope to have the final decision made and the equipment ordered by the end of April. We'll publish the equipment design here once it's finalized!
Chandler Street playground: We have learned that the CPA Committee is officially recommending our playground study for funding! The next step is a vote on the proposal at the Town Meeting in May. You can also see more details in the presentation from February 27th.
Feb 27th meeting presentation
Feb 26th updates
Meeting reminder: The project manager and others will be presenting and answering questions on February 27 at 6:30 pm in the Hardy Gym. Likely topics include timing and logistics of the construction, impact to school operations (e.g. drop off and pick up, etc.), and other impacts to the neighborhood. Please bring your questions! We'll also talk about the other two projects a bit.
Classroom addition: The Special Town Meeting on Feb 12th voted to appropriate additional funds for the project, due to budget increases in the construction bid estimates. Thanks to the Town for being so supportive of this project!
Lake Street playground: We'll present some our findings at the meeting on the 27th, and answer questions about that as well.
Chandler Street outdoor space: The Community Preservation Act Committee unanimously voted to recommend the proposal for a design study of the Chandler Street outdoor space for funding! The proposal will now be on the agenda at the Annual Town Meeting on April 23rd.
Feb 8th updates
Classroom addition: SAVE THE DATE for an informational evening on February 27 at 6:30 pm. That evening, the project manager and others will be there to answer questions about timing and logistics of the construction, impact to school operations (e.g. drop off and pick up, etc.), and other impacts to the neighborhood. Please plan to come with your questions!
Lake Street Playground: Thank you for your responses to the survey! We received 169 completed surveys and look forward to sharing the findings with you soon. We are now working on turning those into requirements and options for the new playground structure.
Chandler Street outdoor space study: Kristin DeFranciso and parent Kate Leary presented the application for this funding to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) on Monday, January 29. The presentation was excellent, and appeared to be well received by the CPC. They are expected to decide if they will recommend this project for funding by the end of February. If so, Town Meeting will have an opportunity to vote on it in April.
Jan 26th updates
Lake Street Playground: We are looking for input on the new playground design. Please complete the survey and tell us what you and your kids would like it to look like. The survey link is here, or submit a paper version that came home in backpacks this week. The survey will remain open through February 2.
Chandler Street outdoor space study: Hardy representatives will be presenting the application for this funding to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) on Monday, January 29. This is not a meeting that needs lots of parents in attendance, but School Council members will be there. Following this meeting the CPC will decide if they will recommend this project for funding. If so, Town Meeting will have an opportunity to vote on it in April.