They cut it as close as humanly possible but Belmont's newest school will be ready for opening day tomorrow, Sept. 7.
"All systems are go, and we will be having a brief ribbon-cutting at 8:40 (a.m.) Wednesday morning," said just after noon.
Belmont's Town Engineer Glenn Clancy signed off today on the Temporary Occupancy Certificate that turns over the approximately $40 million facility over to the school department with less than 24 hours before elementary schools will open Sept. 7.
Despite the lack of a TOC, the School Department had been leading teachers into the building for the past week to prepare their classrooms for the scheduled opening.
Delays have hampered the project – the school was initially set to be handed over to the school department on July 1 – and an anticipated ramping up of work on the site by general contractor Skanska did not bridge the required work needed to obtain the certificate.
Yet Kingston said that such delays were "very typical" in school construction.