September 9, 2013 02:10PM
By Savannah Mul
SOUTHINGTON — The middle school building committee is hosting informational sessions for residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Kennedy and DaPaolo middle schools.
Committee Vice Chairman Christopher Palmieri said some neighbors have asked for more detailed information about hours of construction and what will come next now that school is back in session. Committee members saw this as an opportunity for neighbors to be introduced to the committee, which started overseeing the work on the middle schools in June. Work will continue on the $89.7 million project for the next two years.
“We want to be proactive to them,” Palmieri said. “We want their voices to be heard and if there’s anything for the committee to work on, we’ll modify that.”
Most importantly, he said if there are any complaints or issues the neighbors can let the committee know directly in order for the problems to be addressed.
Voters approved the two-school renovation and reconstruction project at referendum last year.
The information session for DePaolo will be held immediately following the Sept. 17 middle school building meeting. The session for Kennedy is the following week on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to speak.
School building committee members will be in attendance at both sessions, along with School Superintendent Joseph Erardi. Neighbors will be given project updates and told what they can expect over the next few months. Fletcher Thompson architects and project managers from Newfield Construction were invited to attend, Erardi said.
“It’s my belief that no questions should go along unanswered,” Erardi said. “The unknown sometimes becomes worrisome.”
Erardi said flyers were distributed to neighborhoods around the two middle schools.
“We’ve met with neighbors before the construction started and we assured them that once the construction started and summer was over we’d meet again,” Erardi said.