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Boston school construction project delayed

The Boston Public Schools is delaying a controversial school construction project, months after receiving state approval to move forward with preliminary schematic designs.

The school system notified the Massachusetts School Building Authority on Thursday of its intent to seek a delay on a new building for the Quincy Upper School, the authority said on Friday.

One sticking point with the project had been the slated location for the building, which would involve knocking down an existing school in the South End that serves students with severe emotional needs. Teachers and supporters of that school, the McKinley, oppose their eviction from the site because it has partner organizations in the neighborhood.

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The school system also did not identify an alternative location for the McKinley in its plans, creating anxiety for the McKinley community.

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In a statement, the school department did not indicate how much of a delay it would seek. It also did not say if it was reconsidering the plan to move the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown to the McKinley site.

The school system “feels it necessary to request time ... to adequately evaluate impacts and convey implications to stakeholders and community members,” the statement said.

James Vaznis can be reached at jvaznis@globe.com.