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Emblem Elementary School project at 85 percent completion

Posted: November 23, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2012 1:00 p.m.

After more than two years of setbacks, delays and rescheduling, Saugus Union School District officials estimate the work at Emblem Elementary School is now 85 percent complete.

District officials have previously expressed confidence the school could be ready and open to students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“A lot of people have been very consistent with wanting to get this done as soon as possible,” Saugus school board President Rose Koscielny said Tuesday during the regular board meeting

Saugus Union officials approved an $11.6 million budget to update and modernize the decades-old school in April 2010. The project was originally slated to be complete by November 2011, but a series of construction delays pushed back completion.

Despite delays, Koscielny said she has “no doubt” the school will be open for business in 2013.

Judy Umeck, a member of the Saugus school board, said Tuesday she recently attended a presentation from district officials outlining the progress of the project and came away impressed.

“I was blown away,” Umeck said. “When I walked out of that meeting, I was so excited about the possibilities.”

While board members expressed confidence about the project’s progress, they also said it is important to make sure community stakeholders are involved and updated as Emblem inches closer to completion.

“We could have the best program on Earth, but if no one knows it’s there that’s not going to make a difference,” Koscielny said. “We need to get out and tell people why Emblem will be a fantastic school to go to.”

John Grow, facilities director for the Saugus district, said the district could most likely hold a community outreach meeting at the Emblem site within the next month.

“Don’t worry,” he told the board Tuesday. “It’s going to clean up real nice.”




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