Westport Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer told parents today that mold-infested Coleytown Middle School (CMS), closed this school year, will likely be closed the next school year as well.
In an email, she urged parents to turn out Monday for a Board of Education meeting for an update on the situation and added:
“Given the extensive problems already identified with the preliminary engineering reports posted on the CMS website, we anticipate hearing that we will be out of the CMS facility through all of next year as well, no matter if the BoE/Town opt to repair the school or go another direction.”
It was the first time that the administration has told parents the damage to the school is so extensive that it will require a two school year shutdown.
Palmer also said the District has made a formal application for the right to install six modular classrooms at Bedford Middle School (BMS) and two at Staples High School (SHS) through the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
“We only request for the permission to add modulars to SHS as a backup for future needs, but we will not order the modulars for SHS now,” she said.
“We expect the request to the ZBA to be for a period of 3 years — again, this is permission to put modular classrooms there, we don’t need to have them for 3 years or we may never need them at SHS.
“It is a complicated and costly process to go to ZBA, and asking for possible needs of the future makes sense now.”
She said the BMS modular classrooms, assuming receiving all town approvals, should be installed in January 2019.