Students entering grades 3 to 6 in the fall may not recognize the Quashnet School in Mashpee, due to a series of construction projects that began recently. The projects, which include updates both inside and outside the building, is scheduled to be completed before school opens on September 2.
“With Labor Day being so early this year and the school year ending so late, this is a short summer for completing all of the planned projects and the annual cleaning,” Quashnet School principal Patricia M. DeBoer wrote in an e-mail correspondence on Tuesday, July 15.
Extensive work on the parking lot will contribute to a smoother traffic flow. Parent drop-offs and pick-ups will take place at the front of the building, Ms. DeBoer said, and there will be a separate entrance for school buses. The buses will flow to the back of the building for drop-offs and pick-ups and exit via a new cut-through, one-way road for buses only that leads to Great Hay Road, Mashpee.
The front island with grass will be shifted toward the building to create space for more visitor parking, and the garage in the back of the property was removed for 20 additional staff parking spaces.
“A shade shelter with tables will be erected in the back area of our playground by the gym and additional playground pieces have been ordered and paid for by our PTO,” Ms. DeBoer wrote. She added that, hopefully, all of those pieces will be installed by the start of the school year.
Inside the building, new gymnasium bleachers will be installed to meet the current building code, and insulated walls will replace the old folding walls between classrooms. Studded walls have been erected and are awaiting insulation, wiring, sheet rock and painting, Ms. DeBoer said.
Also, HVAC units have been removed from classrooms for a new system that requires extensive wiring throughout the whole building. All of the projects coincide with the annual classroom cleaning.
“We are very grateful that these upgrades are being made to our Quashnet School,” Ms. DeBoer wrote. “I know that our students and staff will be very appreciative.”