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When Saugus High School students return from April vacation they will begin attending the new Middle-High School that is nearing completion.
In a presentation to the Saugus High School Project Building Committee, Kevin Nigro of PMA Consultants explained that a transition plan calls for Saugus High School students to move across the parking lot to the state-of-the-art Middle-High School complex.
An April move-in by Saugus High School students and staff allows crews to begin abatement at the old Saugus High School building to prep it for demolition, Nigro said. The sprawling school is coming down to make way for athletic fields.
All classroom furnishings, equipment and technology will be in place and ready to go before Saugus High School students arrive at the new Middle-High School the last week of April, Nigro said.
As soon as everyone vacates the current Saugus High School, a team will start emptying contents and decommissioning electronics, plumbing and other materials in order to make the building that opened in 1955 safe for demolition, Nigro said.
Asbestos and other hazardous materials need to be abated from the old Saugus High School prior to the building being torn down, Nigro noted.
“There’s a lot of [asbestos],” Nigro said. “It’s in all areas of the building.”
Noah Manacas of Suffolk Construction said the abatement process is scheduled to begin on April 27.
Significant progress at new school
Manacas said that most of the finishes are wrapping up inside the new Middle-High School.
Gymnasium equipment is being installed and the auditorium ceiling is nearly complete, Manacas said. He anticipates seats will be installed in the auditorium over the next few weeks.
As for the exterior, the brick façade is all up and windows arrived in November, Manacas said. Metal panels are in the process of being placed on the building, he added.
“We’re on target to meet the contract goals in all aspects,” Manacas said.
The hope is that little to nothing will remain for work on the Middle School portion of the Middle-High School when the Saugus High School students transition to the new school in April, Nigro said.
“We anticipate they’ll only be in there doing punch list type of work,” Nigro said.
A move of grades six to eight from Belmonte Middle School to the new Middle-High School will take place over the summer, Nigro said.
Anything coming over from Belmonte to the Middle-High School will be ready for the start of the next school year in September, Nigro said.
Eventually the Saugus Public Schools will move to a three-school system, with an updated recommendation from architects proposing a grade two to five upper elementary school at the current Belmonte Middle School building and prekindergarten to grade one to occupy Veterans Memorial Elementary School.
Nigro said the Saugus Middle-High School project is still at or under budget.
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