Work to begin on new elementary school in Wilton this summer

WILTON – Work will begin on construction of the new elementary school at Florence Rideout as soon as school closes in June, Wilton Building Committee member Harry Dailey told the school board at its regular meeting on April 9.

The committee has met with Architect Carl Barker and laid out “a rough time line” for the construction. Members have also talked with Hutter Construction Co. officials to discuss traffic flow during the work and with a landscape architect.

“We want to start construction almost immediately,” Barker said.

He added, “We will meet with the fire and police chiefs and get them on board. It’s moving along.”

The board agreed to keep the Facilities Committee to oversee the current buildings during the transition.

They also decided to discontinue working with Honeywell Corporation because “there have been significant changes since the first proposal. We got our value out of it.”

A committee has been formed to create a history of the two current elementary schools. Suggestions for the project include a video, school student writing, a time capsule, pictures past and present, the creation of a book and taped interviews. The project will begin with a video of the schools as they are now.

Whatever form the finished product, Chairman Geoff Brock said, “it should be available at both historical societies and the libraries.” He, Carol Leblanc and Joyce Fiske are the board members involved, and resident involvement is also wanted.

In other business, it was announced that June 9 will be the last day of school. High school graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 6, and fifth grade promotion ceremonies for Tuesday, June 3.

Using a portion of Florence Rideout for summer school will be worked out.

The next meeting of the board will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Lyndeborough Central School.