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Construction crews continue work on the north side of Depaolo Middle School in Southington, Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal
Depaolo Middle School in Southington, Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal

Construction crews prepare Southington middle schools for new school year

SOUTHINGTON — Construction work at the town’s middle schools will not affect the start of school next week.

The work this summer is part of ongoing $89.7 million renovation project. Construction will continue right up until the start of school on Aug. 28.

“There was so much work done this summer, it’s difficult until you step back to see pieces coming together,” said Fred Cox, a town consultant on the project, during a meeting of the Middle School Building Committee Tuesday. “Contractors will be working right up to the eleventh hour.”

Kennedy Middle School Principal Steve Madancy said contractors were working “weekends, nights, you name it.”

“They all deserve a pat on the back,” he added

Construction is in its second year with the project scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Dave Girardini and Mike Pane, both of Newfield Construction, gave a progress report to the building committee. Girardini said many of the new areas at DePaolo are being cleaned for the start of school, including the parking lots. Newfield is the project manager.

Pane said that a lot of cleaning is also being finished in the new classrooms at Kennedy.

“Movers start tomorrow to start moving desks and items in,” Pane said.

A technology package for the schools was also recently approved by the state Department of Education. It includes smart projectors, wireless access points and shelving for new media centers at both schools.

Lab tables for science rooms and art tables for art classrooms at Kennedy are also on the list. The building committee plans to go out to bid for the items.

“The sooner the better because we want it for the start of school,” said Chris Palmieri, vice chairman of the building committee.

“People don’t realize how much teamwork has gone into this and it starts with everybody,” said building committee Chairman Ed Pocock Jr.

“I’m very thankful to everyone, all the departments… that have spent countless hours there.”

School Superintendent Tim Connellan will be holding a public meeting at Derynoski School for middle school parents and students today at 7 p.m. at Derynoski School, 240 Main St.

Building committee members and other officials will attend to discuss the status of the schools and answer questions. (203) 317-2212 Twitter: @FollowingFarrah

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