Aug. 19, 2010By Mariana Lamaison Sears Observer correspondent
Work has begun at Allen Brook School to return the school entrance to its original configuration and address one of the Development Review Board’s concerns regarding the modular classrooms still in place at the school.
School District Principal Walter Nardelli said the corridor that connected the school building to the temporary classrooms was taken down and the original doorway is being restored. Electricity and water were disconnected and the units are shut down and ready to be moved, he said.
The hurried construction efforts are to show the district’s good faith as it prepares to ask the Development Review Board for another extension to the temporary classrooms’ building permit, Nardelli said. The current permit expires Aug. 31, but the school was not able to find an affordable way to remove the units.
The district is asking for a 12-month extension, Nardelli said.
“The removal and restoration of the site is very expensive, over $100,000, and we hope to spread the work over one or two years,” he said.
The issue is scheduled for discussion at the Development Review Board’s meeting on Aug. 24, but nobody can predict how the board will respond, Planning Director Ken Belliveau said. He said he recommended that Nardelli address the school entrance issue. When the temporary classrooms were built in 2002, one of the school’s two sets of doors was transformed into a corridor to connect the building with the classrooms. The school entrance is a major concern for the board, he said.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.