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Brookline's renovated and expanded Runkle School won't open until Oct. 11

Posted by Tom Coakley  July 18, 2012 02:43 PM

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The renovated and expanded Runkle School will not be open in time for the first day of school on Sept. 6

Instead students will occupy the Old Lincoln School until the renovated Runkle is re-opened Oct. 11.

The original plans were to have the work finished by August 15, said Project Manager Tony Guigli, but finish work—including painting, flooring and cabinetry—as well as plantings, walkways and play equipment—still were unfinished. The mechanical systems—primarily the heat and air conditioning—still needed to be fully checked to make sure they would work properly, Guigli said.

Superintendent of Schools Bill Lupini said students attending the Runkle School will begin the school year housed in the Old Lincoln School, where classes will continue until Oct. 4.

From Oct. 5 to Oct. 10, a span that includes Columbus Day, students will have time off while the school is moved back from the Old Lincoln School into the renovated Runkle School, Lupini said. The renovated Runkle will open Oct. 11.

The tentative plan would add three days onto the conclusion of the school year for Runkle School students, depending on the number of snow days the school district uses this year

According to David Pollack (cq) of the building commission, the site presented a number of challenges: besides being very tight, the remains of a former school were found underground, and that soil needed to be replaced with soils that could support a new structure.

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