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February 13, 2014

Windham relocates students after roof leak

Leaky roof at Golden Brook forces relocation

WINDHAM — A leaky roof over portable classrooms has forced school officials to relocate 160 first-graders into the main Golden Brook School building.

School officials conferred yesterday with structural and roofing consultants to begin looking at the trouble, potential costs, the scope of work and just how long it will take.

The School Board is expected to discuss the situation Tuesday night with superintendent Winfried Feneberg, principal Christi Michaud and other administrators.

Meanwhile, Michaud said, an informational forum for parents will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the school.

A key concern moving forward is whether there is a mold problem in the portables and how that might affect student health.

“We are not going to have any learning environment that is compromised,” Feneberg said.

That’s why officials moved the students into the main school building.

“We did not want to take any chances,” he said.

Officials relocated the students over two days, Monday and Tuesday, after the leaky roof was discovered following the weekend.

In exploring the leak, officials found what they suspect is mold.

“We have decided to move all students out of the building until a full, complete and exhaustive investigation of the building can be performed and all remediation work can be completed,” officials said in a notice to parents on Tuesday.

Michaud said officials moved eight classrooms of students into the main building.

They are occupying music and art classrooms, the library, special education and other areas. Two kindergarten classrooms were combined to make room.

“(Yesterday) morning they were settled in well,” Michaud said.

The principal and superintendent greeted parents before classes started yesterday.

“Parents were positive,” Michaud said. “They were thankful and appreciated we were making lemonade out of lemons here.”

School staff was doing the best they could, the principal said.

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