With a deadline of the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, the Swanton Local Schools building project had to get underway quickly.
The month of January has been a little warmer and much less snowy than usual, allowing the project to be on schedule.
“Optimistically, the project could be completed as early as the end of July,” said Swanton Superintendent Jeff Schlade. “However, due to the dependence on things that aren’t within our control, such as the weather, the guaranteed completion and issuance of occupancy permits is not until Sept. 7.
Because of that, the 2017-2018 school calendar may look a bit different than usual.
“The Board will be looking at beginning the 2017-18 school year after Labor Day and Junior Fair Day this year. The first look at a proposed calendar will be at the Feb. 15 Board meeting, and approval will take place at the following March meeting,” Schlade said.
The project has and will lead to some noise that is not common in the residential areas where the schools are located.
“The cooperation and tolerance of our neighbors who may be affected by some of the construction noise and extra traffic and such is very appreciated,” said Schlade.
Under the plan, Crestwood Elementary School on Crestwood Drive will become a K-4 building, and Park Elementary School on Elton Parkway will house grades 5-8. Preschool will be moved to the high school building, and the current middle school and 1904 building will be demolished, with the exception of Fisher Gymnasium.