The new academic year in New Milford will be delayed. Superintendent Alisha DiCorpo says with only 38 days until the originally scheduled August start date, and the proposed arrival time of some portable classrooms 4 to 6 weeks away, classes won't start on time. The first day of school for all students will now be Tuesday, September 6th. This change applies to all students, at all schools, PreK through 12.
The delay is due to the fire on the New Milford High School roof, which damaged two classrooms and left smoke and water damage in 50. The restoration company has been working to continue to clean areas of the high school building that were impacted.
Mayor Pete Bass has authorized the purchase of 50 temporary classrooms to be set up outside New Milford High School. A company has about 33 available for use at this time and have identified the potential for additional units. Despite the Mayor signing off, the district as of yesterday was awaiting a signature from the insurance carrier. Work has already begun to align sewer, water, and electrical hookups to the portables in preparation for their arrival. Bass says the tentative arrival of the first pods will be at the end of first week in August.
The contractor began removing water-damaged drywall and insulation from the first floor. DiCorpo says they should know more about the availability of additional rooms this week. The air quality test results are due back this week. The structural integrity analysis results have been returned.
The next joint public update meeting between the town and schools will be held on Wednesday, July 27th at 5:30 pm.