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CARVER

Survey asks residents to vote on school name

As school started for the last year at Carver Elementary School recently, officials took to social media and elsewhere asking residents to help them name its replacement, which is under construction.

The School Committee placed a survey on the school website and sent messages encouraging residents to vote for one of three names listed: Carver Elementary School, Governor John Carver Elementary School, and Erwin K. Washburn Elementary School.

“Our first day of school next year will be in the new building,” said School Superintendent Scott E. Knief, adding the new school will need a name soon.

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Meanwhile, the challenges of holding school during construction for staff, parents, and 800 students will be much the same as last year, with big cuts in parking and playground areas. Some nearby businesses have helped by offering parking space during major school events, he said.

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Although noise disruption has been minimum, some classrooms have a clear view of the construction, which is both distracting and educational for students, Knief said.

The community is “seeing this building take on life,” he said. “People are really excited about this.”

The town has received reimbursement of roughly 60 percent of the project’s cost through the Massachusetts School Building Authority; about $19.4 million of the $48.4 project will be paid by the town.

In addition to the new school building, the project also includes playing fields that will be available to others in town.

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The naming survey can be found at www.carver.org.

Elaine Cushman Carroll can be reached at elaine_carroll@msn.com.