Education

Waltham North may come down by year’s end

School board hoping to keep demolition costs below $200K

Waltham North School could be torn down by the end of the year.

Waltham Elementary Superintendent Kristi Eager reported Wednesday the district received a wide range of bids to tear down the vacant school on North 33rd Road. Bids range from $159,000 to $387,000, subject to a compliance review by BLDD, the district’s architecture firm.

Eager told the school board she’d be “beyond thrilled” if the successful bid comes in below $200,000.

“I’ll keep you informed as to what I find out next,” Eager said.

The board scheduled a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, to consider a winning bid.

As previously reported, Waltham’s new school rendered Waltham North and South obsolete. Waltham South has been sold; Utica bought the school and is repurposing it into a municipal complex to be opened later.

Waltham North is being razed so the cleared parcel can be sold.

In other matters, the board:

  • Learned the first-quarter financials were in good shape. “Our numbers are right where they need to be,” Eager said.
  • Discussed the hiring of custodians. The school is new but it’s also big (nearly 35,000 square feet) and requires more upkeep than anticipated.
  • Learned free and reduced lunches have risen more than 20%.
  • Meets Nov. 17 in the commons area rather than the gymnasium