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November 21, 2013

Air quality tests needed before Page School permit issued

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“Whose going to monitor that every day, Brad?,” Clohecy asked. The renovation included new windows and other energy efficiencies that seal up the school.

“They’ve taken a drafty building and, hopefully, tightened it up –but it makes the air more stagnant in the building,” he said. The project also involved using chemicals and adhesives, not previously used in the building.

Selectman Glenn Kemper noted that complete renovations of the school were estimated to cost $20 million, but voters only approved $10 million. Some state funding for green repairs reduced the cost of the project on taxpayers even further.

He agreed that testing air quality was important, but also stressed for concerned parents that the school never had an established air quality program to begin with –even before the renovation project.

Still, Clohecy insisted that before he can issue a final occupancy permit he needs the results of baseline testing or the architect to document a plan for how the lack of mechanical air handlers has been adequately addressed.

Dore agreed to bring the concern back to his committee and said the roughly $2,000 needed for air quality testing could likely be absorbed within the project’s contingency fund.

The committee hopes to work with the Pentucket School District to hold an open house for the community to tour the school improvements before the end of year.

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