October 27,  2011

School opening scheduled

Opening of the new Hanby Elementary School has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 5, the annual meeting of the Chalfonte Civic Associaion was told.

Assistant superintendent Judy Curtis, of the Brandywine School District, said that pupils will be given a couple of extra days of winter vacation to provide time to complete the move from Brandywood and allow teachers time to set up their classrooms.

The building, she said at the meeting on Oct. 26, will be in use a half year earlier than initially planned. It will house both the elementary school and the Bush Early Learning Center, being relocated from Sharpley. Even so, the 80,000 square foot building will be smaller than the former Hanby Middle School building it replaces.

The project, Curtis added, will end up costing less than the $20 million budgeted for it. Its opening will  complete the district's extensive renovations and building program begun in the mid-1990s.

With extensive use of 'green technology', the new building is intended to serve as a model for other schools to be built in the state.

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