BRUNSWICK — Construction of the new middle school will affect the start and end of classes next school year.
Superintendent Michael Mayell said starting the 2019-20 school year three days earlier will give the construction crews a little more time to demolish the old middle schools safely.
“We had meetings with the construction management firm and they wanted to see if we had any flexibility in our calendar to give them a couple extra weeks to get the buildings demolished and to get everyone moved in once the building is complete,” Mayell said.
The new start date for grades one through 12 is Aug. 14, preschool is Aug. 15 and kindergarten is Aug. 16; the new end date for students is May 21. The board approved the changes Monday.
In November, district voters approved a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick Schools to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards, built in 1921, and Visintainer, built in 1949.
Edwards and Visintainer schools will be torn down; the future of Willetts on Hadcock Road has not yet been decided.
The demolition of the current two middle schools will occur as soon as students are finished with the 2019-20 school year.
Construction of the new middle school is expected to be finished in time for the 2020-21 school year.
The adjustment for 2019-20 will not affect the amount of time students will spend in school, Mayell said.
“It won’t affect the student’s educational experience at all,” he said.
“We are going to do it districtwide because there are a lot of families that have kids in the middle school and high school or elementary and middle school, so it doesn’t make sense to have different schedules for the different buildings.”
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