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Out with the old, and in with the new

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm

CDI Head Start said goodbye to its modular units at Essex County Elementary School. They were demolished last Tuesday to pave way for a new structure.

The organization started considering new facilities in June 2017.

The condition of the modulars had reached the point where the ongoing repairs cost more than the structures were worth, said Brad Hall, director of maintenance at for Essex County Schools. CDI Head Start worked it out that they could make the replacement this year and summer was the ideal time, allowing a fresh start for a new school year.

Each of the old structures housed a classroom, but the new modular is a single unit that will accommodate both classes. The new facility is expected to arrive around the 24th of July and should be ready for use before school starts.

Essex County School System will not incur any additional cost for this project. Everything is being handled by CDI Head Start, said Hall.

“Our only role is for me to oversee that the utilities are disconnected and reconnected properly. Having this one new unit makes that a little easier because instead of having power running to two buildings, we’ll only have power running to one,” he added.

The old modules were demolished Tuesday, June 9.