The old wing of the school will only re-open in the fall once all the remediation work is done, the new ceiling is in place, and a final round of tests overseen by the state determines that the old wing is 100 percent safe.
But the work cannot end there.
The Maynard School Committee and Board of Selectmen are proposing a town meeting warrant article that would allocate $100,000 for roof repairs, preventing future leaks from occurring and further reducing the likelihood of any future mold growth. That is a vital stopgap measure that will contribute to the health and safety of the building, but it is not a permanent fix.
In 2019, the Maynard Public Schools will enter the Massachusetts School Building Authority process, and we will endeavor to put forth a proposal that garners state support for an entirely new Green Meadow building.
While we must do everything possible to ensure the current building is safe, we are mindful of the building’s age. We believe it is reaching the end of its service life, and a new building may be the way forward for the next several decades of Maynard elementary school education.