June 3 Opening For New Middle School

By SCOTT JACKSON

The replacement for Quincy’s 92-year-old Sterling Middle School is tentatively scheduled to open on June 3, school officials announced Wednesday.

The South-West Middle School, as the building will be known, was set to open following April vacation, but was delayed by National Grid’s six-month lockout of union workers. The lockout meant the school’s natural gas service could not be connected, and certain interior work could not take place until that connection was made.

Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro announced the new tentative opening date in an email Wednesday.

“There are many details still to be finalized for the transition, but we are all looking forward to this exciting event for the staff, students, and families of Southwest Quincy!” he said.

The new school, with a cost of $59 million, will be located on the same site as the present Sterling, 444 Granite St., but set further away from the road. It will stand three stories tall, with only the top two floors visible from Granite Street because of the site’s topography. The first floor would house academic neighborhoods for students in grades five and six with seventh and eighth graders on the second floor. The lower level of the building, accessible from the Roberts Street side, will include the gym, music room and a 280-seat auditorium.

The 95,155 square foot facility will have room for up to 430 students in grades five through eight. A total of 61 parking spaces would be provided – 50 for staff on the Roberts Street side of the building and 11 visitor spaces on the Granite Street side. There are 29 spaces on site currently. A drop-off/pick-up lane would also be added on the Granite Street side, where two entrances would be available for students – one for those in grades six through eight and the other for fifth graders.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority has pledged $28.52 million toward the construction of the new facility.

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