News‎ > ‎Principal's Weekly Memo‎ > ‎

Sept. 8 - Update on Construction

posted Aug 23, 2011, 6:56 PM by   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 9:59 AM by Paul Orzech ]

If you have been by the high school lately it might not be apparent how much progress has been made on the site prep. But, in fact all the boundary limits have been staked in accordance with the Conservation Commission, an emergency access road has been created on the Fowler side of the high school, the student parking lot has been reconfigured, and a construction vehicle only parking lot has been created. While parts of the fence enclosing the construction area have been put up, the majority will be put up following the clearing of the trees in the construction area which will most likely be completed the end of the week of the 19th.

In order to ensure everyone's safety, it is critical that community members, school staff, and students stay out of the construction area, even before the final fencing is put up. Beginning as early as tomorrow there will be holes dug to begin pre-blasting testing for the presence of ledge, fallen trees and tree limbs, and unearthed tree stumps across the construction site. We have had significant problems already with students and community members walking behind the fencing in order to go up to the field hockey field and to use the paved path to alumni field. Now that the initial fences have been erected these areas "belong" to the construction company until the completion of the building and to enter into these areas is in fact trespassing. All fallen timber and move topsoil are the "property" of the construction company. Residents may not take either of these items. The bid for the high school is created with the re-use of th topsoil and the recycling of the timber in mind. Any disturbance to this may cause additional costs to the town. We ask that parents and community members act as role models for our students and follow the "DO NOT ENTER" signs clearly posted on the fencing.

Field hockey spectators should park at the Fowler lot and walk along the tree line on the Fowler fields and look for the signs and roping that will indicate the safe path through the woods that leads to the field hockey field. The signs and roping will be in place in time for Monday's field hockey game. We will be notifying the AD's of the schools that are on our schedule for home games regarding this requirement.

Football and soccer spectators should park either at the Boys and Girls club or that section of the high school parking lot which is not designated as a construction only lot. Spectators parking at the high school should walk down Tiger Drive and along Route 117 to the main gates of Alumnae Field. All band members and atheltes will be taking the same route to the field. For the first home game on Friday night we have asked the Maynard Police department members who are on detail that night to help us to enforce this procedure.

Community members should also note that visitors are not allowed at any time to the construction site. No tours are available. This is for the safety and well-being of all concerned.

While we are aware that this is an inconvenience, in the end the final result will be a beautiful new high school. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please call Dr. Chesson at the high school.