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March 26, 2013

New windows let the light in at Whittier Middle School

HAVERHILL — New energy efficient windows at Whittier Middle School have not only created a warmer school, but a brighter one too.

Workers have been replacing windows and doors at Whittier Middle and Consentino schools, the last of almost $5 million in repairs being made to four city schools this year.

Whittier Principal Toni Donais said 20 classrooms received new energy efficient windows that give students a clearer view to the outdoors and open inward instead of outward, which should help avoid the kinds of injuries that have happened in the past.

“A lot of the classroom windows over the years were broken and replaced with Plexiglass, which yellowed and got scratched over time to where you could not see out,” Donais said. “Some you could tilt up and out, and in the past children have been hurt when running by. The new ones pull in, which is a good safety feature.”

Windows in Whittier’s cafeteria were replaced as were the overhead windows in the building’s gymnasium, Donais said. Similar work has been taking place at Consentino, officials said.

“With the new windows, we now turn off the boiler in the morning as it’s so much warmer than before,” Donais said. “During the day it’s so bright in the cafeteria we don’t turn on the lights. Before you couldn’t see so you had to.”

About $3.5 million for school building improvements is from the state’s Green Repair energy repair program. Haverhill is kicking in $1.4 million, Mayor James Fiorentini said. A portion of the city’s contribution was raised by selling property and the rest is coming from the mayor’s capital improvements budget, which was approved by the City Council last year.

In the fall, Tilton Elementary School received a new roof and Walnut Square Elementary School got a new roof and heating and hot-water systems. The money was also used to install new boilers at Consentino.

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