All Sections
Welcome guest, you have 3 views left.  Register| Sign In

Water main accident forces Salem students to temporarily relocate

SALEM — An excavator working on the renovations at Fisk Elementary School hit a water main on Main Street earlier this week, causing the students to relocate to the high school for the remainder of the day.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning, and the damage was repaired and students were back in the elementary school on Wednesday, according to Superintendent Michael Delahanty.

“The water main was clearly on the plan and should have been avoided, clearly it was an error on the contractor’s part,” he said. “They have been doing a wonderful job for us, nonetheless, it was a careless mistake on the operator’s part.”
Because there was no water at Fisk, students were transferred to the high school for the remainder of the day. Delahanty praised the staff at both schools for handling the transition smoothly.

Other than the water main incident, Delahanty said he has been pleased with the progress of the renovations at Fisk and Soule elementary schools.
Due to unanticipated ledge issues at Fisk Elementary, work there remains about a month behind work at Soule, according to Delahanty. However, he said it is still too early to tell if that will impact the opening of Fisk School in August for the 2013-14 year.
Delahanty said he anticipates the construction manager will make every effort to catch up to the construction schedule, including putting on extra work crews if necessary.

Construction crews have begun putting up the steel for the new multi-purpose room at Fisk.
At Soule Elementary, much of the work on the new multi-purpose room as well as the library and elementary classroom expansion at the back of the school has been closed in, according to Delahanty.

“Hopefully, we will avoid winter issues at that school, but we are going to face some winter conditions for Fisk,” Delahanty. “But we are anticipating that the construction manager will take every opportunity to catch up at Fisk.”

Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour
When you arrive you'll be offered signature holiday cookies and candies, as well as a Holiday Recipe Cookbook to take home so you can bake the sweet treats yourself!

37th Annual Candlelight Stroll 37th Annual Candlelight Stroll
In the spirit of a truly Vintage Christmas, Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth welcomes visitors to travel through 300+ years of daily life in the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock this...

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees Wolfeboro Festival of Trees
The Wolfeboro Festival of Trees, which is held annually at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, is a charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 65 trees decorated by area organizations and...

Eileen Ivers and Her Amazing Celtic Band Eileen Ivers and Her Amazing Celtic Band
Back at the Dana Center in Manchester this weekend - by popular demand - Eileen Ivers is acclaimed as one of the paramount innovators in the Celtic and World music genres.

Lights on the Hill Lights on the Hill
Celebrate the spirit of the season with "Lights on the Hill" at the Candia Congregational Church and other historic 19th century buildings in Candia.

Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed

Contact Information

The Salem Observer
100 William Loeb Drive
Manchester, NH 03109

Ph: 603-206-7800
Fax: 603-206-7801

Neighborhood News publications can be found at a newsstand near you here.

News, Obituaries, Sports & Social Announcements

Christine Heiser, Executive Editor
Ph: 603-206-7811

Erik Frey
Sales Representative
Office: 603-668-4321 x191
Cell: 603-205-0876
Print rate card | Digital rate card
Email ads to
Classified advertising: 603-669-1010

Calendar Listings
Please use our online form at