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Closing Out the Existing Maynard High School

posted Jun 20, 2013, 3:03 PM by Chuck Caragianes
The time has come.

Tomorrow, Friday June 21, 2013, at 3:00pm the existing campus of Maynard High School will shut down forever as a school and the 2012-2013 school year will come to an end.  The physical structure will continue to exist for 6 to 8 more weeks, but a succession of first responder trainings, moving of equipment and materials, and demolition and recycling of the building from the inside out will be the only activities that are ongoing.  On Monday the 24th a swarm of workers will descend on the building to insure the move of all materials and equipment into storage as demolition personnel begin detailed analysis of the order of demolition and procedures to be followed.  From July 1st on only demolition personnel will be in the building until the complete take down of the building is done.

Meanwhile, the new building continues on time and on budget.  At today's construction meeting it was verified that the building is slated for substantial completion and a Certificate of Occupancy on August 2nd.  Equipment, electronics and furnishings for the new building are beginning to arrive and movement and installation of all of this gear is slated for August 5th through the 23rd.  Recent construction developments include substantial paving of sidewalks and parking lots, major grading work being completed, removal of all heavy equipment from the interior of the building, and the major advancement of all finish work.  Fire alarms are now being tested and every piece of machinery has been started as the balancing and tuning of internal systems moves forward.

Temporary high school offices will be at the Coolidge for approximately10 days and then at the Green Meadow until August 5th while the old high school is demolished and the new high school is completed.

Student schedules can now be viewed through IPass and our guidance counselors and technical support people have gone above and beyond the call to bring this about some 8 weeks ahead of recent previous years.  Individual student/guidance meetings have begun and the results have been very good.  Thank yous go out to Ms. Muise, Ms. MacLean, Mr. Devine, Ms. Schuster and Ms. Baird for their tireless efforts bringing this about.

This last year, my first as a principal, has been remarkable.  We have completed our once a decade NEASC Accreditation visit, we have rolled out iPADs to two grades, we have implemted a new teacher evaluation system, brought new graduation requirements to the pilot stage, expanded course offerings in engineering, created a new partnership with MassBay Community College, have expanded student exchange programs and completed scheduling in record time even as we add the complexities of incorporating a new grade and moving into a new building.

As I reflect on this year I must simply note that I am fortunate.  Fortunate to have an incredible staff, fortunate to work with talented and kind students, fortunate to have supportive parent groups, fortunate to have a dedicated and student focused central administration led by Dr. Gerardi, fortunate to have a talented and thoughtful school committee and fortunate to work in Maynard.

The next school year will be eventful kicking off with events the week of August 19th (Stay tuned for more details), but I know it will be a successful year because of the students, families, supporters, and professionals that make up the Maynard High School community.

I am honored to lead Maynard High School and strive to be worthy of that honor.

See you in the new building.

Take care--
Chuck Caragianes
Maynard High School Principal