EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

June 26, 2014

Demolition has started on Windham classrooms

Golden Brook portable classrooms coming down

WINDHAM — The demolition process has started on the Golden Brook School portable classrooms.

The School Board approved a bid for the demolition of the 10-classroom building, according to School Board Chairman Jerome Rekart, who was one of the board members who approved the demolition.

All-Ways Wrecking of Bridgewater won the bid at $17,700, least lowest of five bids.

The money will be spent on demolition, removal, electrical disconnection and propane disconnection.

Now, All-Ways Wrecking is going through the inside of the building and seeing what is reusable.

“We salvage anything that can be resold,” office manager Donna Olszak said, “and we recycle.”

The schedule then depends on when public utilities are shut off and how long the excavation takes.

Olszak said she isn’t sure when the demolition will be complete.

The district purchased the modular in 2009. At that time, the state required every school to offer kindergarten and Windham didn’t have one.

The state offered to pay for modular classrooms for three years and Windham bought the 1999 model building, according to Steel.

“I don’t know why, but they purchased a used one,” Steel said. “The general condition was it was just not a great building.”

The building was not designed to last long, and soon the roof started to leak.

“There are some that can last for 50 years, but there are some that are meant for a much shorter period of time,” Steel said.

School officials had to move 160 third-graders out of the classrooms after mold and water damaged the building in February. About 90 of them were moved to the high school for the rest of the school year, the rest went into the main Golden Brook building.

About the same number will attend classes at the high school in the fall, Superintendent Winfried Feneberg said last month.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Photos of the Week