SPRINGFIELD >> Among the Springfield School Board’s August actions items was a temporary solution to the issue of what to do with the district’s three dozen buses now that the construction of the new high school is beginning. After an unsuccessful plan to lease a portion of property from the Holy Cross parish for a bus lot, the district has made a similar deal with Cardinal O’Hara.
The approved motion called for an agreement with Jay DeFruscio, president of Cardinal O’Hara High School, for the lease of property (at the rear of the school) to be used by the district for its bus transportation storage facility. The lease is for six months at $7,000 per month and becomes effective Aug. 31.
Don Mooney, the district’s executive director, said the district was ready to start site work for the overall master plan which will lead to a new high school and associated improvements on the existing campus. The bus lot, in particular, will be the location for utilities. The need to relocate buses was, therefore, immediate. Mooney said O’Hara will be used for buses but that vans, the management and maintenance will continue to be at the Leamy Avenue location.
“This is a short-term lease. We need time for other locations we are working on,” Mooney said of the six-month agreement.
The bus lot and a portion of school property are now fitted with green mesh fences. Work is due to start shortly.
In his closing remarks of the August meeting, district Superintendent Tony Barber asked residents to “take a deep breath and a wide perspective at the start of construction. There will be some inconvenience, but it is temporary. We are building something that is going to be an extra benefit for the students and the town for years and years to come. It is an exciting time.”
— SUSAN L. SERBIN