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Stevens High School in Claremont to have start pushed back to Sept. 10 because of renovations

CLAREMONT — The start of school at Stevens High School has been postponed again, this time for two weeks.

“As a result of unforeseen conditions involving the Stevens High School renovation project, the start of the 2014-2015 school year for Stevens High School grade 9-12 students has changed,” SAU 6 superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said in an announcement late Monday.

“Contrary to rumor, the building was not evacuated today,” McGoodwin added. “The Stevens High School teachers who reported to school today to prepare for August 27th, were asked to leave because they could not accomplish what they needed to due to the renovation work.”

The $12.5 million project is being managed by Hanover-based Trumbull-Nelson.

It was a school board decision to postpone class, said Ronald A. Bauer, Trumbull-Nelson executive vice president.

“There’s a lot of cleaning and a fair amount more work there,” to be done he said. “This is a really heavy demolition type job in a school that was built over 100 years (ago). There’s many generations of construction there, and a lot demolition has gone on there.”

School was to start Monday, but was pushed back to Wednesday to ensure teachers and staff had time to get into the school and prepare for the start of school.

The first day of high school is now set for Wednesday, Sept. 10.

“The first day of classes for Claremont Middle School remains unchanged, and is Wednesday, Aug. 27,” McGoodwin said.

“The main reason for delaying the start of the school year is unforeseen conditions that were discovered during the renovation project this summer,” McGoodwin said. “Regardless of this change, the project remains on budget.”

Claremont School Board members will meet soon to discuss revising the 2014-2015 school calendar, he said.

Stevens High School serves the communities of Claremont, Cornish and Unity.

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