Shaftsbury Elementary ventilation work to be finished by winter

SHAFTSBURY — After several delays, the much-talked about ventilation project at Shaftsbury Elementary is back on track to be completed before the winter.

This is good news for teachers and administrators, who have been keeping windows open in order to keep air flowing throughout the school. Since carbon dioxide levels were discovered to be abnormally high in the school in spring of 2016, Principal Jeff Johnson has been regularly monitoring the levels while the school board worked on a more permanent solution to the problem.

The project was expected to be largely completed during the summer months, while the students were on break, but the discovery of asbestos in the ceiling put the project on hold. Now that the asbestos is removed, the project, which is focused on the ventilation system in the oldest part of the building, where CO2 readings were highest, will continue.

Hayden Plumbing and Heating is completing the work during off hours, such as on nights and weekends. "He figures we can have it done before the snows fly, so we can get the heat back on," said Johnson. "(Project consultant) John Penney said that he's impressed with how much work has already been done."

"Everybody who's been working on it have been doing a great job," said board chairman Ed Molloy. "We got it open on a dime, and we're plugging right along and it seems to be going very well."

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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