Friday, March 9, 2007
Leaks plague local school buildings
Last Friday's storm caused water leakage problems at both Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) and the Carlisle Public School (CPS).
Wastebaskets and buckets were pressed into service to catch drips as water leaked through the Carlisle School's roofs in many places. The photo shows damage outside Peter Darasz's second-grade classroom in the Robbins Building. There were also leaks in the hallway ceiling in that building.
The downstairs gym lobby was flooded due to water backing up from a frozen drain outside the doors. Upstairs, the Corey Dining Room experienced water damage, but repairs held in the auditorium which had been repaired after previous water damage, and no new leaks were seen there.
The ceiling in Suzanne Comeau's kindergarten leaked, as did the wall in Sandy Walker's kindergarten class, where water entered in an area that was below ground level. Custodians vacuumed the water and ran fans and dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth.
From the front lobby of the high school, to the stage, to hallways and a bookroom, not to mention a classroom or two, water flowed in.
A fountain formed in a glass hallway between the A-building where the office and auditorium are located and the S-building where the science and math departments reside. "Two steady streams of water were coming from a dysfunctional electrical unit located near the ceiling of the walkway," said CCHS Principal Art Dulong. Each stream of water was filling a six- to seven-gallon container every 15 minutes.
Evita, the CCHS spring musical, opened last Friday night. Yet, in the middle of the stage, a large puddle, several feet across and half an inch deep was forming from a variety of drips from the ceiling. The ceiling was leaking on the set as well. Needless to say, a lot of effort was put into cleaning up the water, putting several buckets around the stage and emptying these regularly. Tarps were draped on the set and placed on the roof.
The front entrance had a leak in the wall. Dulong said, "Water was entering under the window sills and splashing onto the floor. The end result was a large puddle of water in the front hall."
In addition, there were water leaks in the classroom A30 and in the English bookroom.
There were many buckets catching water around the high school. Many people worked hard to alleviate the problems caused by all these leaks. The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee's feasibility study committee last year recommended construction of a new high school facility, estimated to cost about $90 million.
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