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Summer work readies Burlington school buildings for students

Posted by Sara Brown  August 25, 2010 11:17 AM

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When students head back to Burlington schools Sept. 1, they will enjoy some improvements to their buildings.

At Tuesday’s School Committee meeting, Craig Robinson, director of finance and operations, outlined the status of summer projects, ranging from improvements to Burlington High’s Varsity Field to a new roof and floors at Pine Glen Elementary. 

“It was a busy summer,” said Robinson, “like every summer is.” 

 The $2 million project to update Burlington High’s Varsity Field is on schedule, Robinson said, with the artificial field scheduled for installation in mid-September, and new bleachers ready by mid-October.  The Burlington football team will be playing their first few home games in Woburn, he said.

The $250,000 replacement of the interior bleachers at the high school’s John Vanella Gymnasium is also on schedule, Robinson said.  The gym has been painted and the floor finished, he said, in preparation for the bleachers’ September 8 arrival.

Other school projects, including repairs to the water-damaged roof and floors of Pine Glen Elementary, renovation of some Burlington High bathrooms, and road repaving at Burlington High and Francis Wyman Elementary have been completed.   

Improvements to the Francis Wyman Auditorium will continue into the school year, with seating set to be installed in November, Robinson said.  He added that the district will work with the principal to rent chairs if needed before the seating arrives. 

Work continues on the district’s big projects, as well.  The new Memorial School, which is set to open in September 2011, is on schedule or just ahead of schedule, he said, and the School Committee Tuesday approved the appointment of Construction Monitoring Services, Inc. to serve as the project manager for the Marshall Simonds Middle School renovation project.  The renovation could start late this fall. 

Robinson and the rest of the School Committee praised contractors and custodial staff for their hard work, and also credited Town Meeting with approving the projects.  

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