FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools Director of Buildings & Grounds Matt Torti was presented an award by Stapleton Elementary School, for his efforts to modernize the play area, at the oldest elementary school in town.
The $1.4 million project, which Town Meeting authorized this past spring, created a turf field, expanded the play area, and added parking to the school. There were also drainage and walkway improvements made at the school, built in the 1920s.
The project began the day school ended in June. The project took the entire summer to complete, and work was still being completed on Sunday, August 28, the day before school started.
“We need every day to complete this project,” said Torti.
“This was his (Torti) vision,” said Acting Superintendent of Schools Ed Gotgart. “He the one who came to me, and said I have an idea.”
“If you have been to Juniper Hill, you saw his first vision,” said Gotgart. “He took that area and completely transformed it. This is even more impressive. This is amazing. This is absolutely amazing.”
The project also included landscaping and design of an outdoor classroom.
Principal Amy Bright presented Torti with the award.
The project also doubled the number of parking spaces at the elementary school from 45 to 105 total spaces, reducing the demand to park on Elm Street.
The project engineers were BETA group our of Lincoln, R.I.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new area at Stapleton Elementary on Sunday, Sept. 25, as part of the school’s annual fall festival.
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