Stonington school roof found to be leaking after blizzardPosted: Updated:
The forecast of more snow over the weekend will be a good test at one Stonington school after skylights failed following Blizzard Charlotte a week ago.
Officials at Deans Mills School said eight of the school's 24 skylights failed as students headed back to school.
While crews were able to clear the drains on the roof, facilities manager Bill King said the snow was quite a load, and luckily, didn't cause too much damage.
"There was no structural damage," he said. "Some carpets got wet, but nothing in the library as far as books or computers."
There were similar skylights in one kindergarten classroom. That forced students to temporarily evacuate to the library. Contractors spent much of the week making repairs, but parents still have some concerns.
"I know they got evacuated, but it's a little disappointing because the taxpayer dollars go towards that and hopefully it can be resolved soon," said Erin Tsiakiris.
The skylights don't just let light in, they're high-tech.
They were installed two years ago with a $78,000 grant from the government and Connecticut Light & power, designed to deliver natural light and save energy.
"We knew it was aged before we put the skylights in, and so that's the problem," said Facilities Manager Bill King. "There are seams that are now failing an a combination of the curving for these units that you can't mesh properly."
The First Selectman said they'll assess long term solutions such as a pitched roof like the one at Stonington High School, but that kind of solution comes with a higher price tag.
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