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July 11, 2013

Summer school maintenance projects underway

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School district Business Administrator Peter Curro said that 90 percent of that work should be done by the time the new year starts in August.

On the other hand, voters said no to spending $4.5 million on major school upgrades and construction at the polls in March.

But residents did approve a $300,000 maintenance fund article to help support the smaller scale renovations that won’t cost as much.

Those smaller projects in Londonderry now top the district’s list.

Curro said projects needing the most attention are roof repairs at the middle school and gymnasium floor work at North Elementary School.

Other larger jobs are now on hold, Curro said, due to lack of funding.

“Some are pushed back for several years,” he said.

Curro said district officials hoped to do some major work including a roof project at Londonderry Middle School and paving at Matthew Thornton Elementary School. Instead, they will settle for replacing the gym floor at North School and doing a minor roofing project at the high school.

Those projects and other smaller renovations will cost about $500,000, Curro said.

Construction costs don’t get any cheaper. Curro said the Matthew Thornton paving project has already been put on hold for four years. Costs keep going up.

It’s the district’s roofs that really are cause for concern. Officials keep tight watch over the facilities and buildings, and roof jobs always top the wish list.

Simard said the Derry schools are already hopping with summer maintenance projects.

“The schools will be very busy,” she said.

Once jobs are completed they will be marked off the master list. Simard said. She will then report back to the School Board with updates throughout the summer.

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