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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.

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