, Salem, MA

July 25, 2013

Hamilton elementary schools receiving several upgrades

New roofs, parking lot and painting in store

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — HAMILTON — Construction is underway on the roofs of Cutler and Winthrop elementary schools.

In addition, a new parking lot and widened driveway are coming to Winthrop School, on Bay Road.

The work is expected to be done by the beginning of next month, Superintendent Michael Harvey said. Teachers are set to return on Aug. 26, he said.

Most of the work at Winthrop started about two weeks ago with several projects going on simultaneously, including interior painting. Overall, the work to both schools is about $2 million and was approved at Town Meeting last fall, Harvey said.

Along with replacing the roof on Winthrop School, the school’s gutters and downspouts will also be replaced.

“The system had a design flaw that caused the roof to leak,” Harvey said. “The gutters were not designed properly, causing rot underneath the roof.”

Harvey said there were no health concerns in the building caused by the rot.

Winthrop’s parking lot is being constructed in cooperation with the town of Hamilton, with the Department of Public Works completing the work. The lot will add about 25 parking spaces.

“There is never enough parking, especially when there is Town Meeting or an election,” Harvey said.

The driveway is being widened to accommodate school buses and emergency vehicle traffic at the same time, he said. Several angled parking spots will also be added.

Harvey said he’s been in contact with the roof contractor. Crews started about a week late because of delays at a previous project.

“They feel like they are going to meet their deadline, which is the beginning of next month,” he said.

Harvey said the parking lot and driveway widening should take the town’s DPW crew only a couple of weeks to complete.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.