By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — School Board Chairman Karen Thurston said Wednesday that the elementary school will be ready for teachers and students as they return for the new school year.
Over the summer, the school has undergone phase one of a two-year project to renovate the plumbing, electrical, mechanical and communications systems.
Additionally, a $140,000 parking lot project not included in the bond for the elementary repairs was completed within the past day or two.
"Some of the pods (or classroom sections) have already been turned over to custodial crews for cleaning," said Thurston. "They have done an absolutely fantastic job."
She said Building Maintenance Director Tim Bartlett and construction crews from Bonnette, Page and Stone and their various subcontractors are to be lauded for managing some of the surprises they found while renovating the school that, in parts, is nearly 100 years old.
She said much of the reason the project ran so smoothly was because the school district and, most recently Bartlett and his team, have consistently maintained the building.
"We get compliments from the construction crews all of the time," she said. "I hope our citizens recognize the efforts of the custodial and maintenance teams."
This summer, crews renovated all of the plumbing and drainage in the school including the surprise replacement of a roof drainage pipe that they learned was plugged. Business Administrator Scott Isabelle said the roof drainage project cost the district $10,000 and was taken from the owner's contingency fund.
"Right now, there is no reason the door won't be open on the first day of school," Thurston said.
Teachers report back to school during the week beginning on Aug. 20 and the first day of school is Aug. 31, which is on a Wednesday.
Gilford Elementary School (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)
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