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School dept., contractor ready to resolve Hill School problems

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly said problems at the Hill School are finally getting resolved. Kelly said at the July 25 School Committee meeting that the contractor finally seems to be willing to work with the school department on these issues. Since the school opened three years ago on Park Avenue, it has been dealing with problems with the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system.

However, Kelly said the AC now appears to be working properly. “It is now functioning,” she said.

The school is still having problems with the heating system portion of the HVAC. Kelly said they’re working with the contractor to develop an extended warranty for them to take care of any issues over a period of time. They are still negotiating on what that time length should be.

“For a while it may have seemed like our problems were falling on deaf ears,” said Kelly. “We do feel the contractor is working with us on these issues.”

Kelly said the problem could be worse. “I do not want to say the problems are not serious, because we have invested a lot of time and money into the school,” she said. “But the issues have not prevented us from having school on any day. We deserve a state-of-the-art, best job possible and that is what we are working towards to make sure we get.”

Mayor Brian Arrigo said they have been working very hard to make sure the school is the best it can be. “We have beaten them up a lot privately,” said Arrigo about the contractor. “They have turned a corner with their willingness to work with us.”

Update on Garfield School roof work

In other news, work on the Garfield School roof continues throughout the summer and will most likely continue when school starts again in the fall. However, Kelly said it will only be minor details at that point. “It will not be intrusive for the school,” she said. “It will not impede student progress.”

By Sara Brown


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