By Elizabeth F. McNamara

Need to visit the Town Clerk’s office next week? Be warned: The Town Clerk’s office will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17-18, with no land evidence recordings allowed after 1:30 p.m. both days. This is for construction of the new office of the school superintendent, part of an ongoing reshuffling of town and school employees on Peirce Street.

The town’s Planning Department has already moved from the basement of Town Hall to a larger space at 111 Peirce Street. That space was formerly occupied by the town’s finance, IT and facilities personnel. Finance employees have moved into the town finance department. IT and facilities have moved into the Public Works Department.

The schools’ department of student services, meanwhile, is moving into the basement of Town Hall (which is handicap accessible). Renovations to that space are on track to be finished before the end of the month.

Changes at the Town Clerk’s office started with removal of this half wall.

The Town Clerk’s office will remain in the same area but will be smaller, having given over some square footage to the school superintendent’s office space, which will include an office for Supt. Victor Mercurio, space for his assistant, Chris DiMeglio and a small meeting area.

The former office for the superintendent and office of special services at 111 Peirce will be turned into an office for the director of teaching and learning (who is in the process of being hired this summer) and meeting space to conduct things like teacher trainings.

All of this shuffling around comes from Town Manager Gayle Corrigan’s idea to better integrate town and school departments. While much of the work is being done by the Public Works department, some of the work on Town Hall, in particular, had to be hired out. In June, Public Works Director Joe Duarte said he didn’t know what the total cost would be.


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