The city and the Board of Education are collaborating on the project to transform the closed Memorial Boulevard School into an arts magnet school for grades six through 12. The opening date is projected to be August of 2022. “Given the current COVID-19 pandemic we’ve had to adjust the way we’re doing business so the pre-bid meeting schedule will allow five people at a time to meet and walk through the building to get a deeper sense of what’s going on,” he said. Tim Callahan, the district’s project manager for the school, reported to the committee that so far $1,576,857 has been spent for the project, of which the state has reimbursed $424,423, Dietter said. In December, the City Council and Board of Finance approved an $8.1 million hike in the price of converting the old school to an arts magnet school, due to increases in construction costs for removing hazardous materials from the building and a state level policy change. The total cost of the project is now $63 million, of which 60% will be paid by the state. The city’s share is now $25.3 million.