I had the opportunity to tour the new Manchester Essex Regional High School on Friday prior to the retirement celebration of a former colleague. We had begun discussions of the new facility while I was working in the district. It was great to see that the communities had come together and followed through with the much needed school. I was most impressed that the project was accomplished even as the Massachusetts School Building Authority was undergoing their major transformation into their present organization – certainly a testament to the regional building committee and it’s chair Sarah Creighton.
It is always great to see new construction to get ideas. I also thought this particular project had relevance to Burlington because the new school was built on a tight site directly in back of the existing school – a situation similar to our Memorial Elementary project. In speaking with Marcia O’Neil, the superintendent, she indicated that the construction and subsequent demolition did not impact instruction. The noise was minimal. She did mention; however, that the coordination of instruction, new construction, and demolition required a great deal of prior planning.