PLYMOUTH - With a broken boiler and a leaking roof at the old Main Street School, the school district’s central office may be moving its offices to Terryville High School by this fall.
Superintendent Martin Semmel said an eventual move out of the school at 77 Main St. was already in the works but the recent unseasonably chilly weather has forced the issue.
“During the winter we were fine, and when spring came we thought we were all done with heating the boiler so we had turned it off to save energy. Then when it got cold again we went to turn the boiler on and it said ‘No thank you,’” he said.
“It can be fixed but we’re getting a rough estimate of $10,000 to fix it, so it accelerates our need to start looking for a new space,” Semmel said.
Semmel informed the Board of Education at a recent meeting that the logical place to relocate would be the high school, which was “built for 650 students and currently there are less than 500 students there.”
“So instead of trying to build a new space, in terms of our enrollment that’s decreasing it makes sense to reuse repurposed space,” he said. “Our goal would be to try to move into our new space before it gets cold, on the fall end of the season.”
Semmel said he has spoken with Terryville High School Principal Michael Hults about the idea but that there needs to be “a lot more conversations about it” before the move could happen.
In addition to the broken boiler, the old Main Street School has asbestos that needs to be remediated, he said. “Oh and by the way, our roof at that school has been leaking, as [director of curriculum and instruction] Ms. [Jennifer] Parsons knows.”
“We don’t think it’s going to get better, and it would cost significant dollars to fix that roof, so better we get moving before we have some significant issues,” Semmel said.
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