SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: What Facility Improvements Will Be Made At Your Child’s School This Summer?

WILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington Department of Public Works and Public Buildings Department will be busy this summer (and early fall) making some significant improvements to many of Wilmington’s school buildings and grounds.

At this week’s Wilmington School Committee, Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero provided an update on the planned projects.  He noted that some of the projects are pending approval of funding at the 2017 Town Meeting.

At the Boutwell Early Childhood Center, the building’s roof will be removed and replaced. This includes removing the brick stack that is no longer in use for the old heating system.

At the Shawsheen Elementary School, the chairlift will be replaced.

At the Woburn Street School, the tennis courts and basketball courts will be resurfaced. The project is expected to begin the second week of July and be completed by mid-August.

At the North Intermediate School, the roofs over the gym, café and classroom wing will be removed and replaced.  The building’s interior lights will be replaced with a new LED lighting system. The front parking lot (on the Salem Street side) will be reconstructed, with new asphalt, granite curb, and various walkway repairs.

Also of note to North families, there will be water main construction work on Ballardvale Street, from the corner of Salem Street/Ballardvale Street (next to the North) and continuing past the Route 125 overpass of Route 93.  The project will begin on July 3, with substantial completion expected by October 27 and final close out expected on November 17.

At the West Intermediate School, the chairlift will be replaced.

At Wilmington High School, the old capacitors at the Alumni Field Stadium Lights will be replaced. This project is expected to take place in mid-July. Two rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) will be installed at the Town Common. These solar powered flashing pedestrian signs will activate when a pedestrian button is pushed, improving pedestrian safety while crossing both Route 62 and Middlesex Avenue. The project is expected to take place in mid-July. Some of the walkways on the Town Common will also be reconstructed with new cement concrete walkways in order correct some defects in the current walkways and improve walkway drainage. The project is expected to begin in July and be ready for the start of school.

There are no significant projects planned for the Wildwood Early Childhood Center or the Wilmington Middle School, however, all eight schools will a great deal of TLC. This summer, each school will receive a thorough cleaning; a cleaning and tune up of boilers and furnaces; a cleaning of all filters and belts on air hanging units and univents; and other maintenance activities, including parking lot sweeping, line striping touch up, and field grooming.

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