Farwell school shapes up


LEWISTON – Construction on the new Farwell Elementary School is done and workers are scrambling to complete the finishing touches for the first day of school, said Lewiston School Superintendent Leon Levesque.

Early reviews are good.

“Have you driven by Farwell?” asked Lewiston School Committee Chairman Jim Handy at Monday night’s meeting. “I’m giddy about it. It’s beautiful!”

Levesque agreed the building looks good inside and out. Inside, the colors are very welcoming, perfect for an elementary school, he said. The building has windows that allow in a lot of light. “I think people are going to be very happy with it.”

Levesque hopes to have Principal Linda St. Andre and staff move out of the old Holy Cross school and into the new building at the end of July.

At the new building, the furniture is arriving. Technicians and engineers are going over all of the systems, from the water to the heating, to ensure everything’s working.

The landscaping is being done. The playground is ready, but the athletic fields will be off limits until the spring because they’re being seeded, Levesque said.

“Like any large project, we’re right down to crunch time,” he said. “There’s still work going on in the gym and cafeteria. We have one month left, but we’ll use every day.”

An open house for parents of Farwell students will be held before school begins Aug. 28. Another open house for the community is planned for the week of Sept. 20.