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Students still in old school

The new Central Middle School in Quincy won’t be open when school begins Sept. 4, and it’s not clear when staff and students will move in.

Though engineers expect the $32.1 million school to be substantially finished by Sept. 5, administrators announced last Monday that it would be better to wait.

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“It is clear that the best choice for our staff and students is to begin the school year at the existing Central Middle School building,” said Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro in a release. “This plan will ensure that the school’s administrative, teaching, student support, custodial, and food services staffs have training and preparation time in the new facility in order to confidently welcome the students to this wonderful new educational setting.”

While an opening date hasn’t been set, DeCristofaro said in earlier interviews that officials probably won’t wait until a vacation to make the transition. He also said that before the school opens, parents and students would be given tours, and teachers would be given time to move into the new building during the work week.

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“It may be appropriate for some of our teachers to be freed up for certain parts of the day and we can shuttle them up to Hancock Street so they have time in their classroom to prepare and make sure they are ready for students,” he said.

DeCristofaro said the existing Central Middle School is ready for students, and curriculum materials for the first few weeks of the school year are still in the classrooms.

Visit www.yourtown.boston.com/quincy to see a photo gallery of construction work at Central Middle School.

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@gmail.com.
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