By Tina Comeau
Although the new Yarmouth high school was still classified as a construction site last week, the school board was sticking to the timeline that it says sees the school opening for classes on Monday, Sept. 10.
“Right now it’s still on target,” said Steve Stoddart, the director of operations for the Tri-County Regional School Board. “We’re still on for Sept. 10.”
As of last week about half of the boxes of materials that had been packed up from the old high school on Parade Street had been moved into the new high school on Forest Street. The other half was being held in storage while air quality testing was going on inside the building.
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“We’ll be moving more things in this week,” said Stoddart.
Some classrooms had desks set up in them last week. Others were empty or had chairs piled off to the side. Boxes of items were in large abundance.
Stoddart said computer technicians were starting to install computers in the classrooms and school board staff was being training on the boilers, air handling and other mechanical systems of the new school.
“Everything is moving forward,” he said.
The school board was still waiting to determine when it can give teachers the green light to go in and set up their classrooms.
Stoddart admits that having the school turned over to the board is happening later than what had been anticipated or hoped for.
“We were hoping for substantial completion by the first of August but that didn’t happen,” he said. “But the end date is still the same, it’s just putting a bit more pressure on us.”