Work set to begin on Salem school buildings
During the March town meeting, Salem voters approved a $16.2 million bond article funding major renovations at both schools, as well as minor repairs at Haigh Elementary School.
At Tuesday night’s Salem School Board meeting, Superintendent Michael Delahanty shared details of this summer’s pending construction plans, which will include new floors and ceilings at both Fisk and Soule schools.
Once classes get out for the year, all classroom items will be stored in the schools’ libraries and gymnasiums over the summer months, allowing work crews free access.
Delahanty said the district construction committee has been meeting weekly with construction officials and architects to finalize decisions.
Proponents of concrete said it would be easier to maintain in the long run, since tile floors require annual stripping and waxing.
Delahanty said he’s requested more information on both options, including some photos of examples of similar projects at other elementary schools before a final decision is made.
With asbestos detected in the current tiles at both schools, containment efforts are also planned during the summer months.
“If we maintain a ceiling grid, space could be rather tight,” Campbell said. “We don’t have a lot of clearance space above the grid for some of the utilities that need to go there.”
“Will people find this type of ceiling attractive and interesting, or will they be of a different view?” he asked. “It balances the question of how standard we want all of our renovated schools to look: Do we want them to look like the other three in the first phase?”
“Just the act of rain hitting the roof could get loud,” Carney said. “Plus we’d need to have someone up there cleaning it on a regular basis.”
“There’s a very big difference between cement and tile,” he said. “So I’d really like to hear how this works out in a school environment.”
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