hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

School News

December 20, 2012

City to speed up new school project in 2013

Push coming to replace Hunking

The new year will be the year of the new school in Haverhill.

When the calendar turns to 2013, the city will speed up its efforts to build a new school to replace Hunking Middle School in Bradford.

Superintendent James Scully stressed the project is just in the beginning stages. But, he said, the city must speed up the process to have the new school ready for when the Hunking can no longer be used.

The city made repairs to the deteriorated Hunking last summer to shore up structural problems. Those problems forced Haverhill to transfer 150 students from Hunking to another school in October 2011 until repairs could be made. The repairs are expected to keep Hunking useful for another four years, officials said. By then, the city hopes to open the new school.

Scully said it will take nearly two years from the start of construction until the school is built.

But the city has not yet begun a feasibility study required by the state, and that could take 12 to 15 months, Scully said.. The study will determine the location of the new school and features such as the number of classrooms. The city has budgeted $800,000 for that study and plans it for the coming year.

The city will have its project manager candidate selected in mid-January and hopes the candidate will receive approval during the Massachusetts School Board Authority’s review Feb. 4, Scully said. The state must approve if Haverhill is to get state money for the school. The city expects the state to pay about 70 percent of the construction cost.

The project, as Scully envisions it, will not simply replace the present structure with a new one. While the current Hunking houses 418 students in grades six through eight, Scully wants a school that will hold up to 1,000 students from kindergarten through the eighth grade. He wants to build the structure with an eye toward future growth.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
School News
  • Schools protect students with food allergies Posted 29 days ago
  • hunking2

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Dena Papanikolaou, a parent organizer, talks to parents packing a room to hear about a proposal for the new school to replace Hunking. This February meeting was a kickoff to their campaign. 2/6/14

    Bradford to get new school Posted 50 days ago 2 Photos
  • 140606_et_tje_havgrad_13

    Graduates applaud and cheer for their classmates.

    'Hillie Nation' celebrates the Class of 2014 Posted 50 days ago 6 Photos
  • Write Away!! Contest celebrates 23rd year Posted 50 days ago
  • 140603_HG_MSC_HUNKING

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Lisa Prendergast, left, and Melissa Seavey stand with Lisa's son John, 7, as he holds a sign in support of a new school to replace Hunking School. In the background is the Hunking.

    If voters approve, new school project starts in spring Posted 57 days ago 1 Photo
  • 140529_HG_CRU_WHITTIER_29

    CARL RUSSO/Staff photo Jonathan Maker, right, of Rowley, Whittier Regional High's valedictorian at this year's graduation ceremony, and his father, Donny Maker, a graduate of Whittier's Class of 1974, hug before the ceremony.

    Father and son graduate from Whittier 40 years apart Posted 57 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • 140522_HG_HAND_ALINA

    Courtesy photo Russian exchange student Alina Skripets, 17, plays the character Annabella in the Haverhill High School senior class production of Alfred Hitchock's "The 39 Steps." At left is senior Alex Zylkuski in the role of Richard Hannay.

    From Russia to Haverhill Posted 64 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • necc2

    TIM JEAN/Staff photos Hayley Carlin and Elizabeth Simpson, both of Methuen, give the thumbs up sign at the start of the graduation ceremony.

    NECC graduation generates excitement Posted 71 days ago 6 Photos
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • 140429_ET_ASW_TREE_3

    Tom Minichiello of the Haverhill Exchange Club helps the students in Judy Reilly's first-grade class sort, bag and tag pine saplings, for distribution by the club to first-graders in Haverhill, Groveland and Salem, N.H.

    Tiny trees for tiny kids Posted 78 days ago 4 Photos
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014
  • 140502_HG_RHU_HEARTS_004

    Sacred Hearts first-grader Grace Wafford shows off her image of what she thinks she will look like at 75 years old.

    Cherishing the past, celebrating the present Posted 85 days ago 5 Photos

Photos of the Week