The School Committee and other meeting attendees were treated to a tour of the new addition at Norton High School Monday night.
Tom O'Neil, project director at Pinck & Co., Inc. and Steve Roman, project manager of W.T. Rich headed up the tour, showing the group the beginning of the new cafeteria, science rooms and other areas. Along with the School Committee, selectmen chairman Tim Giblin and vice chairman Robert Kimball came along for the tour.
Before February vacation, the new cafeteria will be utilized for lunch. The old one will be used as swing space for classrooms so that construction can commence in other areas of the building. Complete construction is to be finished in December 2013.
“We are tracking right on schedule,” Roman said.
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During construction, there have been no major mishaps. The driver of a backhoe went in reverse “erratically” into the bus area, but the issue was resolved with no injuries. During Hurricane Sandy, Roman also noted that there were no leaks.
“Everything held up tight and dry,” he said. “It was a good test for our system.”
Also during the meeting, new Norton High School principal Megan Lafayette gave an opening of school report. In addition to enrollment, MCAS and other information about how the school year is going, Lafayette gave an update on how students were coping with the construction. She said that students weren’t happy about having boxed lunches until February, but knew that it will be worth it in the long run.
“They adjusted beautifully to it,” she said. “I think the fact that a new cafeteria is coming in February is the light at the end of the tunnel for them.”