Touring the new addition at Davis School with the Bedford School Committee, building Principal Beth Benoit, and Facilities Director Taissir Alani gave this reporter new insight into the care that goes into design and construction of the Town’s schools.
Alani reported that there is a bit of external work to complete at Davis School and a punch list of items to fine-tune within the building, but the work will be completed so as not to disrupt classes by February 2020, or earlier.
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The new classrooms are full of cheer and primary colors, with elegant ceiling fixtures that cast an environmentally sensitive glow with few shadows. Several spaces have been repurposed, and the bump-out in the cafeteria allows for better flow into and out of the serving area. A fenced playground for the youngest students has a colorful padded surface, and a second-floor courtyard is being fitted out as an outdoor classroom.
Construction at the John Glenn Middle School has begun, with excavation expected to begin last week. Once it’s done, steel girders can be erected, and the addition will be fully underway. Alani noted that major projects are planned for 15-month timetables (two summers and an intervening school year).
The Bedford High School renovations are 70 to 80% complete and should be finished ahead of schedule.
At Lane School, a new playground funded by B.E.S.T. has been installed (click this link to learn more) and a handicap accessible path connecting the Lane playground and the end of the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail is in progress. A new double vestibule with secure key-card access replaces the earlier main entry.
With all the changes at Davis, important art remains – Click to view larger images