Work is expected to be completed on Arlington's new Thompson Elementary School in time for the first day of school on Sept. 3. Photo by Brock Parker.
The furniture is arriving, teachers are ready to get into their new classrooms, and Arlington’s newly built Thompson Elementary School will be ready for the first day of school next month.
“It’s a hopping place right now,” said Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Bodie of the final preparations going into the new Kindergarten through 5th grade school.
The $20 million project began in the fall of 2011 with the demolition of the 55-year-old Thompson School on North Union Street. School officials said the new building was needed to accommodate the town’s growing student population and to provide better space for state-mandated pre-kindergarten programming for special needs students.
Bodie said the contractor is putting the final touches on the building and the work is expected to be completed on time and within the project’s budget.
The new school is designed to hold about 380 students and Bodie said it will be the first in Arlington to have an iPad for each student.
Bodie said the principal’s desk just arrived, other furniture is being delivered and teachers are “chomping at the bit” to get into their new classrooms.
The first day of school is Sept. 3 and Bodie said the new building will be ready.