When Danvers high school students return to Cabot Road on Sept. 5, they'll be entering the newly renovated .
director David Lane last week updated the Board of Selectmen on the work being done over the summer by DPW employees, school personnel and Bacon Construction.
The front and west parking lots have been paved, classrooms have been cleaned, and the HVAC system is being balanced to provide proper airflow. Auditorium seats have been installed and the woodwork on the walls is nearing completion.
The most significant issue, Lane said, has been the new bleachers not being compatible with the floor.
"Unfortunately, when the bleachers were installed it quickly became apparent that they were causing depressions in the new floor," Lane said. "At this time we are working diligently on a solution to the problem. First we will solve the problem, then we will work to determine exactly how the initial process failed and where the responsibility for that lies."
The $71 million project is expected to be completed by fall 2013. Lane said the project is currently on schedule and under budget.