Principal's Message

John Mendes

Greetings Armstrong Families,

At a district level we maintain a fully developed capital planning cycle for the care and upkeep of all six schools in our district. This document is updated annually and submitted to a larger town planning committee that works to organize the rotation of projects into financial planning.  As you can imagine, the upkeep of six large buildings is complex and expensive.  Over the past seven years the town and school department have worked to respond to our immediate overcrowding needs by adding classroom space along with repairs to buildings. With appropriate space now established, we are focusing on larger repairs.  


The Armstrong roof is assessed each year and was forwarded for replacement as part of the FY23 planning cycle. It was delayed against the need of other town and school projects. It was felt that one more year of repair and maintenance was possible.  Recently, the roof has failed further in ways that we couldn’t anticipate.  We have moved forward for an emergency replacement of the 22,400sq.ft. of roofing for the original section of the building. Over the past three weeks the team has been working on emergency repairs, while the School Committee has secured funding for a replacement.  


The Armstrong roof replacement will begin while school is in session.  Greenwood Industries has been contracted to complete the roof repair work.  A plan to ensure safety and the least amount of disruption while school is in session has been approved.  Parents can expect to see materials and Greenwood Industries employees on the grounds at Armstrong.  The roof repair work will begin during the upcoming week of school.


We will keep you posted on our progress.  We are fortunate to live in a community where there is support for maintaining our buildings.  



Mr. Mendes