Windham school's repair options limited
During Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, one day after local parents heard details of plans to move several third-grade classrooms to the high school for the remainder of the school year, district officials engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issue as it stands right now.
In June 2012, additional roof leaks made it necessary to install new roof seams.
That August, when the arrangement with the state expired, the district agreed to purchase the building outright and entered into a five-year lease.
From the beginning, indoor air quality tests have been performed on a regular basis, Steel said, and up until this month the building’s air has been deemed safe by EPA standards.
Steel said that although spots of black mold were found inside the suspended ceiling, air quality tests continued to show safe results.
Repairing the building could cost anywhere from $300,000 to $600,000, though the ultimate cost would depend on the extent of damages, Steel said, whereas a replacement building could cost more than $1 million.
Steel said it could cost up to $75,000 to tear down the ceilings and analyze damages.
Board Chairman Michael Joanis agreed further inspection was likely a necessary, though costly, place to begin.
“No matter which way we end up going, it’s best to begin with a thorough inspection,” Joanis said.
“We keep throwing money into a structure we can’t really fix,” Farrell said. “This really brings our space issue to attention. We need to start thinking of a long-term solution.”
“The timing of this couldn’t have been worse,” Steel said. “If this had happened literally a week earlier we could have addressed it at the school deliberative session.”
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