(reprinted from the ECS May 2014 newsletter)

The long-awaited capital project is nearly ready to make changes to the landscape of ECS. During the past year, we have worked with SEI (architects) and Campus Construction (Management Company) on the details, drawings and design of the “project” that was approved by over 75 percent of our voters in March 2013.

After completing that phase of the work, the drawings were sent to the State Education Department for review and eventual approval. Bids have gone out and are due back on June 10.

The first phase of the project will focus on the demolition of the gym, locker rooms, chorus room, home economics room and rooms adjacent to it. Once that is complete, foundations will be poured and the new structure will start to take shape. The hope is to erect the steel in late November and enclose the structure so work can continue throughout the winter. Simultaneously, asbestos will be removed with ventilation and air quality issues to be addressed in the elementary wing.

Additional work on the 10 classrooms and hallway renovations will take place during the summer of 2015. There are a number of other things we have listed as “alternates,” and whether or not they are done will be based on how favorable the bids come in.

We are hoping to see equipment on the site by mid-July! Over the summer, we will keep you posted on any updates through the website.