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Energy-efficient design is evident anywhere you look. The kitchen was designed for environmentally sound practices, including the elim- ination of Styrofoam and limited dependence on single-use plastics. The layout also cultivates greater connections with the farm-to-school food program. Throughout the building, an HVAC system reduces humidity in hot weather. "It's an added benefit not just for students, but also staff," the principal says. "We can host teachers from the entire district here for summer training sessions, and it leaves open future possibilities for year-round education." Some might say the involvement and project oversight by Weston's superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Maloney, is a fitting last act before her retirement in June. Her brilliant 30-year career in Weston is book- ended by her collaboration with Lucey — she mentored him in 1993 at Weston High School when he first joined the district. "It's a great source of pride that I was superintendent when the entire project came together," Maloney says. "We had tremendous cooperation among the designer, project manager, and the construction company. Having the Weston Permanent Building Committee involved was an asset, and the School Committee was simply phenomenal." The Apple of Their Eye Right on schedule, doors opened last September for the first day of school. "That morning, we were operating on all cylinders, with no break in services — we were ready to go," says Lucey. Long before opening day, Maloney set the expectation that the previous school year was the time to purge old materials and tools from the former structure. In fact, teachers and staff moved into the new building by the end of June 2014, well in advance of the 2014-2015 academic year. Over 300 students arrived in September 2014 to see a welcoming arrangement of flexible classroom configurations, outdoor teaching spaces, and courtyards filled with native plantings. And as if to prove the school's functionality on its very first day, the art department held classes outdoors and asked students to render the amphitheater courtyard. 152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 education "courtyards filled with native plantings" D A V I D L E N A