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July 14, 2014

Officials update plan for disposal of Brown inventory

Residents irate over amount of remaining Bresnahan equipment

NEWBURYPORT — City officials are updating procedures for the closing of schools, and plan to make public any preparations to dispose of school property when the Brown School is closed and sealed.

City leaders appear to be reacting to criticism related to the process of closing of the Bresnahan Elementary School, after residents called City Hall and took to social media to complain that scores of furniture and other items remained in the building after the city only hosted a one-day sale, according to members of the School Building Committee that met recently.

The structure has been scheduled for demolition later this month, and building supervisors were charged with disposing of a large amount of school equipment, including desks, tables, electronic equipment and more.

The sale generated about $4,300 for the Newburyport Education Foundation, school officials say.

Mayor Donna Holaday said that all materials left in the Bresnahan will be recycled. City officials also plan to take more steps to get excess educational items at the Brown School ready for sale and removal.

“We were faced with very tight timelines in this building project (Bresnahan) to empty the building so abatement of hazardous waster could begin,” Holaday said. “This is required before the building could be razed and sealed from public access.”

But another, larger effort to dispose of educational inventory will take place when the Brown School is closed and repurposed. No date has been announced.

Students left the school for the last time in June but parts of the building will continue to be used. Among its uses in the future is that of a teen center, which will be relocated from the old Kelley School.

Holaday said the first process in closing the Brown will be ensuring the new Bresnahan opens on schedule with a Certificate of Occupancy.

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