Though it has faced stumbling blocks along the way, the plans for Sherman School renovations breezed through a Town Plan and Zoning Commission hearing for a special permit Tuesday.

The commission, after holding a short hearing at which no one voiced opposition, voted unanimously to approve the application.

The $2.2 million project was supposed to have started this summer, but confusion over documents that had to be submitted to town land-use boards, forced a delay.

Now, the groundbreaking will be held Aug. 9, with work on the school kitchen expected to be finished by Oct. 1. The kitchen work involves creating a second serving line and "bumping" out a wall for a walk-in freezer.

A small addition will be built in the front of the school to house administrative offices, conference room space, areas for gifted and special-needs programs, and a new suite for nurses.

That work should be completed by Oct. 15, with the administrative staff moving into the library while work continues. The final phase of the Sherman project is installation of state-of-the-art rooftop ventilation equipment to improve air quality, circulation and ventilation in classrooms. That will not be done until next summer, when classes are not in session.

According to John Fallon, the lawyer who presented the application, while the proposed additions cover only 1,847 square feet, the news areas are "most important in order to insure that Sherman Elementary School meets the current and future needs of its students and provides proper facilities for the programs operated as part of the elementary school curriculum."