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Quincy Central Middle School opening delayed

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 12, 2013 05:08 PM

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The New Central Middle School in Quincy will not open for the first day of school on Sept. 4, meaning that students will go to school in the old building, officials announced Monday afternoon.

No move-in date was set for moving in to the new $32.1 million school.

According to a release, the building will be substantially constructed by Sept. 5, but school officials have decided to wait to move in teachers, staff, and the student body.

“It is clear that the best choice for our staff and students is to begin the school year at the existing Central Middle School building,” said Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro in the release. “This plan will ensure that the school’s administrative, teaching, student support, custodial, and food services staffs have training and preparation time in the new facility in order to confidently welcome the students to this wonderful new educational setting.”

DeCristofaro stressed that the existing school remained undisturbed during the summer, with classrooms, furniture, and technology still in place.

“All curriculum materials are still located in classrooms and Central’s teachers were asked to organize their packing with their start of school materials easily accessible in case this contingency came to pass,” DeCristofaro said.

In earlier interviews, DeCristofaro said the timeline for moving in to the new school would be up to the staff.

“I don’t think there is a definite date for school ready,” DeCristofaro said in an earlier interview. “It could be school ready by the first or second week in September…but I think the goal, or at least my goal, for school ready is to make sure that building is ready for or prepared for school as it should be, making sure that the teachers have all the tools they need, the training is there, it’s all tested, there aren’t glitches or punch list item that would be a detriment at all to the teaching process.”

Regardless, teachers would be given ample opportunity to move in to the new school and prepare, and students would be well acclimated to the school prior to moving in.

“It may be appropriate for some of our teachers to be freed up for certain parts of the day and we can shuttle them up to Hancock Street so they have time in their classroom to prepare and make sure they are ready for students,” DeCristofaro said.

DeCristofaro said that past experiences in the development of the new Quincy High would play a role in how and when the administration moved students in to the building.

“With any construction project, you learn what worked and what was less than ideal, and certainly if there is a way to have, if we can avoid heavy construction on the site at the time when our middle schoolers are there, we would like to avoid that,” he said.

Prior to the announcement, parents, teachers, and school administrators were still optimistic of the school despite any possible delays.

DeCristofaro reiterated that on Monday.

“I am confident that the finished school facility will be an educational landmark for decades to come,” he said.

Further updates will be shared as the community moves closer to completion and the facility’s opening date, he said.

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