The Mold Task Force, which comprises Stamford Public Schools (SPS), the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) and the City of Stamford, announced today that 1 Elmcroft Road, a landmark Stamford building that served as the headquarters of the Pitney Bowes, has been selected as the relocation site for Westover Magnet Elementary School. Returning students and staff to a healthy and safe learning environment less than two weeks after the school was closed for mold remediation as quickly as possible was our top priority. Classes will begin in the newly renovated school space in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 13, 2018. All students will start their day at Chelsea Pier and be transported to the new facility.
“I would like to recognize the herculean effort of the various city and community organizations over the past week to get Westover Elementary School relocated,” said Mayor David Martin. “I believe that this new location will provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to educate and for students to learn in a cohesive educational community.”
After extensive evaluation of more than twelve site options and four school re-programming alternatives by the Mold Task Force and key City and Board of Education departments, 1 Elmcroft Road met all of the critical criteria and was determined to be the optimal location. In addition to safety and security, as well as the ability for the site owner to complete the necessary renovation work in an incredibly short timeframe, other factors considered were the importance of keeping the school community together in Stamford, transportation and traffic implications, IT requirements and the feasibility of providing food service.
A special meeting is scheduled for this evening (11/7) at 8:30 to finalize the details and obtain Board approval. It is expected that the contract will be signed by Mayor David R. Martin and Building and Land Technology, Inc. CEO Carl R. Kuehner III immediately following affirmative action by the Planning Board, Board of Representatives and the Board of Finance.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that we have reached our goal of moving our students and staff together to a safe learning environment as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Kim. “Stamford is a community that supports one another in times of need, and this experience is a demonstration of just that. I am particularly grateful to the Mold Task Force members, Westover leaders and BLT, who have been working around the clock to make this happen, as well as all of our community partners who have provided support and services over the past week to serve our students’ needs.”
The ability to finalize this solution for the Westover community was only accomplished with the coordination and support of many City and Board of Education departments, as well as numerous community partners and businesses. Specifically:
Environmental Protection Board
Planning and Zoning Boards
Finance and Purchasing Department
Board of Finance
Board of Representatives
Stamford History Center
Boys and Girls Club
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Stamford Public Schools Staff
City and BOE Transportation Departments
Land Use Bureau