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F.A. Day Expansion, Construction Moves Forward

With the renovation, the school will have a new science classroom added.

The at is moving forward this month as a construction bid has been awarded and work is set to start on the Minot Place school. 

According to a July 19 facilities update and memo from Newton Public Schools Deputy Superintendent/Chief Administrative Officer Sandy Guryan, the bid for the construction is within the approved budget, which has an estimated total of more than $7.5 million.

To view Guryan's memo, click the .pdf to the right.

The construction contract was awarded to Colantonio, Inc. on June 26, 2012, the memo said, and work was set to begin on July 16. The project includes the addition of six classrooms, cafeteria expansion and renovation of administrative offices.

Guryan's memo notes that the Colantonio, Inc. construction bid includes a new science classroom as part of the renovation project. However, it does not include renovation of the school's west entry. 

While construction goes on this summer, F.A. Day administrative offices and student services will move to facilities across the street at Central High School

In June, the Board of Aldermen , which was part of a school expansion plan that also included . 

That plan, which was initially set to come in at around $5 million, jumped to more than $9 million after officials discovered that in all of the schools under renovation.

According to a June 1 project budget estimate (see attached .pdf), the F.A. Day renovation is estimated to run the city roughly $5.6 million for construction in addition to nearly $2 million in sprinkler system costs.

An information session with F.A. Day neighbors was scheduled for Monday night at the . The School Committee, which met on Thurs., July 19, is scheduled for another special summer meeting on August 13. 

Christopher Bonnier Pitts July 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Expansion of the school into the field behind is the only option and the city needs to do whatever is required to make that happen - it's a no brainier.
Olympic Roofing October 19, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Colantonio is a great construction company, and I'm glad to hear the work has moved forward. I'm a roofing contractor in Newton (www.olympicroofing.com/newton-ma-roofing), and we're hopeful that we will be awarded the roofing work for the school upon construction completion by Colantonio. Waiting on a final decision post-bidding process.

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