NEWS

Solomon Schechter school moving to Norwood from Stoughton

Allan Stein

The South Area Solomon Schechter Day School of Stoughton has completed its move into a new campus at One Commerce Way in Norwood.

"The move started last week with loading trucks. The unloading started (Wednesday) and is continuing through tomorrow. The teachers will have two weeks to set up," said Head of School Jane Taubenfeld Cohen.

Founded in 1989, the K-8 Jewish day school had been at 701 Turnpike St. for 13 years. It was originally located at Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St.

With an enrollment of 220 pupils, however, the school had outgrown the 19,000-square-foot building and a larger building was needed, offering more amenities.

"We went from 19,000 square feet to 50,000," Cohen said. "The staff is excited about the gym, the science labs, the outdoors, the art room, the music room, and that the classrooms are so much more spacious and light."  The school purchased the new property for less than $8 million and is negotiating the sale of the Stoughton school building.

"We will know for sure (today), but we believe we are very close to accepting an offer on the building in Stoughton," Cohen said.

The new building will provide room for more than 300 pupils and an expanded curriculum.

Students currently hail from 20 area communities. Sixty percent of students reside in Sharon.

Cohen said the new school building is set to open the day after Labor Day.