Staff in the offices are saying goodbye to Beecher Street.
The Board of Education officially began its move to the new Municipal Center on North Main Street Thursday, packing up equipment and furniture from the 100-year-old building and beginning the transition into their new home. The Board of Education is the last town department to move into the building, which was opened for business on July 25.
“It’s a lot of work, but we’re happy to finally be moving in,” said Philip Goodwin, purchasing agent for Southington Schools.
School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said in an email to staff this week that the majority of the move would take place on Friday. The districts phone lines and the districts computer servers are expected to be down for a period, but the goal is to have everything up and running by the end of the day.
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Construction isn’t quite done in the Municipal Center, where workers with Borghesi Building and Engineering were busy painting the entranceway and working towards completing the meeting room, but the office areas and hallways are now finished.
Outside, staff with Borghesi said Thursday that the entranceway would be completed over the weekend. Traffic lights are not yet functioning, so the entrance will be a one-way in starting Monday. There was no official timetable available for when traffic lights would be installed.
It took several months longer than originally anticipated , but the town’s engineering, planning, economic development, youth services and health departments are now all fully moved in, as well.
Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said he’s looking forward to having Southington schools and town departments in the same building.
“I’m excited. Only good can come out of this,” Goralski said. “I anticipate this will help foster a closer partnership with town government. Alongside Dr. Erardi and town staff, it’s something we have worked to establish over the last several years and I look forward to seeing that partnership grow.”
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