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October 19, 2013

Andover elementary school shuffle in works

Plan will involve redistricting students across town

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“We’re going to start with the same assumption because that was our plan, but things have changed demographically in our community. So, we’re going to see where that data leads us,” Gilbert said.

The construction timeline for Bancroft Elementary School also hinders planning. The new Bancroft was originally targeted for a September 2014 opening, but officials now say it may be able to open as soon as this coming April school vacation.

If an April opening moves forward, the phase three, follow-up work involving the demolition of the old Bancroft and site improvements could start earlier, Gilbert said.

“It would save the town money,” she said. “If we don’t meet the April move-in, phase three would have to wait until the end of the school year.”

More meetings on the redistricting will be scheduled as information is gathered, with a presentation before the School Committee expected sometime in December, according to Gilbert.

With that, a final vote to change the lines would take place early next year, ahead of kindergarten student enrollment. Depending on how far along the Bancroft project is, the implementation of the new lines could take effect next September or be delayed until the fall of 2015, Gilbert said.

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For more on the process, including a closer look at the present schools’ capacities, see the Oct. 24 edition of the Andover Townsman.

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