Lighting fixtures, coat hooks, doors knobs and shower bars, small items making a big difference as they are installed throughout the new Bancroft Campus last week. The scent of fresh paint and new floors permeate throughout the buildings, and shrubs, flowers and trees now fill the beds surrounding the campus. Grass is quickly sprouting up around the Bancroft neighborhood of campus residences.
“It’s a remarkable transformation,” says John Barnard, Coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Training, who visited the campus this week as part of a group tasked with taking a deep dive into the future of the Lindens and its expansive programming.
“We really want the team to feel the new space so it inspires them to think big,” said Karen Lindgren, Senior Clinical Director, Bancroft NeuroRehab, also a member of the strategic planning team.
With just a few short weeks until the keys to the campus are transferred to Bancroft from P. Agnes, the project construction team, crews are hard at work putting all the finishing touches on a campus built on-time and within budget.
We hosted Mount Laurel Mayor Dennis Riley along with members of the Mount Laurel Police, Fire and EMS squads to tour the site for a special preview. As with all of our host communities, their partnership will be extremely important. They were warm and welcoming, and we look forward to a great start in Mount Laurel.
Teachers and staff are currently taking final inventory of items that will move with them to the new campus and those we will dispose of. As the move-in date quickly approaches, they are also finalizing plans for preparing the students for such a transition to ensure a smooth transfer to their new school and residences. Parents of children enrolled in The Bancroft School will have their first glimpse of the campus when we we hold Parent/Teacher Conferences in November at the new site!
I can’t even begin to express what it has been like to witness the emergence of this campus, our vision, the dream that Margaret Bancroft had for the children we serve to come together into such a masterpiece for the region.
As we get closer to bringing in smart boards, furniture and all the home amenities, I look around and simply say, this is exactly what these children deserve. Something built just for them so they can continue to grow in ways we have only imagined. It’s for them. And I am so proud.
Here’s a few more finishing touches…
Lighting fixtures in the cafeteria