MAYNARD — Superintendent Robert Gerardi reports that preschool classes at Green Meadow Elementary School will be cancelled tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 4 for planning purposes.
Maynard Public Schools announced on Friday that it would temporarily close a wing of the Green Meadow Elementary School for the remainder of the school year so that a licensed environmental contractor can completely remove old asbestos building materials.
The wing, which holds preschool and kindergarten classes, was originally slated to close over February vacation. However, after receiving feedback from parents and the community, the district made the decision to close the wing immediately. Work will still begin over February break and continue through the summer.
“We appreciate the feedback we received from our preschool and kindergarten families, and in hearing their concerns, we felt the most prudent course of action was to shut down the wing immediately,” Superintendent Gerardi said. “Closing the preschool tomorrow will allow faculty and staff to facilitate the move to a new location in the building for the remainder of the year.”
Kindergarten students and staff will report to school tomorrow and will be relocated into existing rooms temporarily until a long-term plan is established.
While classes will be moved to other parts of the building, including the gymnasium, the district is not currently considering moving students to other buildings.
The asbestos remediation is being conducted after a roof leak caused damage to ceiling tiles in the oldest wing of the school. One classroom has since been shut down, and the district made the decision to remove all of the old ceiling tiles in that wing of the school and install a modern drop ceiling. The town made initial repairs to the roof last year, and the school district will be seeking additional funding for roof repairs at the May Town Meeting.