Crews broke ground at Maloney after school let out last year. However, the project is in full gear, and starting Wednesday, hundreds of students will be added to the mix.
Maloney High School in Meriden is going to be even busier than usual this school year because the $107 million project to rebuild it like new and add a new wing is now underway. Construction has been ramping up since the ground breaking back in late June.
"We went to orientation and we took a tour of the whole school," said incoming freshman Madison Dwyer. "And it didn't even seem like construction was going on."
Meriden school officials said that is the goal. The four-year project incorporates a plan to minimize any disruption to the school day.
The construction crew agreed to close the gates and not allow any construction traffic in or out when students are arriving and dismissing. Right now, the new wing is expected to be completed by next fall.
"I think that would help as far as keeping the students focused on getting in and out," said father Marc Zrolkowski.
The entire project, which includes making the rest of the school look like new, will be done in 2017.
Meriden is doing the same rebuild as a new project at Platt High School. That project is expected to start in October.
And one of its elementary schools, Israel Putnam, is getting a new roof starting in September.
Those projects will incorporate the same rules for the contractor to help minimize disruption. Doing it this way does add time, but some parents prefer the focus to be on safety.
"As long as they get the project done and the kids are safe, I don't care," said mother Crystal Dwyer.
The parking lot at Maloney High School was reworked to help offset some of the employee parking that was lost when the construction site went up.
The school district said it is also working with the crews to limit construction noise on days when there is testing going on inside the building.
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