The Havard Press, Posted: September 17, 2015
By: Marty Green
Plans for rebuilding the kindergarten wing at the Hildreth Elementary School have passed the first hurdle on the path to state financial help. A team from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) will visit the school on Nov. 4 for an on-site evaluation to see if the project makes it past the next hurdle. Superintendent Linda Dwight gave the School Committee the good news at the committee’s Monday night meeting.
The School Committee submitted an application to the MSBA last January, outlining the K-wing’s problems. As Mark Force, the school facilities manager, said in a public forum in December 2014, the wiring, plumbing, and ventilation systems in the 1950s wing are all at the end of their useful lives. The fundamental problem, however, is the mold that has plagued the K-wing for more than two decades. Now sealed within the walls, the mold makes opening the walls—even for the most minor repairs—prohibitively expensive.