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SAD 41 is recipient of federal grant to renovate Brownville Elementary

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 51, December 18, 2002

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE Long overdue renovations at Brownville Elementary School will soon be completed, thanks to $257,000 in federal funding.

SAD 41 Superintendent David Walker said the district will use the monies to relocate the main entrance to the school and address problems with the roof.

"We're finally going to renovate and correct the building,"' Walker said.

According to the superintendent, the building was constructed in 1988 with some design/engineering problems wthat allowed ice to build up on the roof and create "huge ice dams," which leaked back into the building.

Walker, in fact, was principal at the building when it was first built.

"The first three winters, I spent New Year's Day there," he said, addressing the roof problems. "We're really happy to finally be fixing the building."

The architect for the building was Lewis & Malm of Bucksport and the contractor was P.J. Silinski, out of Old Town. Walker said there were attempts to mitigate the roof issue, talking with all parties involved, but that nobody took responsiblity for the problem.

Walker said the district hired Woodard and Curran, out of Bangor, to make recommendations on addressing the situation, a year ago. The result was an estimate, sent along with the grant request, for $257,600.

The recommendation includes moving the entrance to the school and renovating the gymnasium,along with re-roofing the entire building. There will also be some renovating of office space, the superintendent said.

Walker said the project will go out to bid after the first of the year, with acceptance of bids in the spring. A facilities committee will review the process.

Completion of the project is anticipated in time for the 2003-04 school year.

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