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Some students to move into Candlewood Lake Elementary by year end

The new Candlewood Lake Elementary School in Brookfield could be ready for students by November or December.  Superintendent of Schools John Barille gave an update on the transition into the new 139-thousand square foot facility, replacing Huckleberry and Center elementary schools.  The 78-point-1 million dollar project includes the demolition of Huckleberry School, where plans call for a parking lot.  Grades 2, 3, and 4 students from Huckleberry will move in with their teachers and all the ancillary staff into the new building when it mostly or totally finished.  The second half of the year will include about 115 temporary parking spaces.  Demolition will happen in sometime in February, and be completed in June.  Center School students will attend classes at the new Candlewood Lake Elementary School at the beginning of 2023.  Board of Education member Rosa Fernandes says work has started on the metal, brick and stone veneer for the front of the building. The Municipal Building Committee submitted the Technology Package proposal to the Office of School Construction & Grants Management and is expecting approval soon. The gas line to the building should be hooked up this month. All furniture, fixtures and equipment have been purchased. The MBC is coordinating the design and purchase of playground equipment with Athletic/Health &PE Director, Steve Baldwin. 

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