BRUNSWICK

Demolition of the now-defunct Jordan Acres School will take place in the spring — six months later than it was originally scheduled.

The delay will give the Maine Department of Environmental Protection the six months needed to review the application to demolish the building, according to Superintendent Paul Perzanoski.

The school, now considered structurally unsound, is being used for storage. Perzanoski said several yard sales have been held to clear it out in preparation for stripping the inside of the building.

He said a send-off party to honor the school, former staff and students is still expected to be held.

Once the 46-year-old Jordan Acres School is demolished, construction will begin on a $28 million replacement for Coffin Elementary School, approved by voters in June.

In a letter to abutting property owners of the school, the superintendent said a site survey and geothermal testing will be conducted this week.

The new elementary school has yet to be named, and the school board has discussed whether to accept recommendations from the public, or to forgo community input and name the school themselves.

In July, architect Lyndon Keck of PDT Architects discussed a tentative timeline for construction, saying the potential schedule will result in the construction project going to bid in May 2018.

Before the bid process begins, permitting with the town must be completed.

The school board and town council have chosen a building committee, consisting of 12 members, to work closely with the architecture firm. The committee will be under the auspices of the town council.

The existing Coffin School will remain in use for about another three years.

Meanwhile, school officials are still weighing the fate of Brunswick Junior High School. The district will know in June whether there will be money to repair or replace that aging school.

The school building committee will meet again on Oct. 19, and the school board meets tonight at town hall.

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