A lot of progress has been made at fixing up New Milford High School following the July 5th roof fire. Public Works Director Jack Healy says the two classrooms directly below the fire have been released to the town by the insurance company as the investigation continues into the cause of the blaze. He is confident that all but maybe three rooms will be ready when the academic year begins on September 6th.
Painting is done on the first and second floors, the floors are being waxed and furniture has been reset. Items are being moved back to the school from an off-site storage area. Two tractor trailer loads of student desks have been moved into the cafeteria to be distributed throughout the building.
The contractor has started demolition and content removal in the 3rd floor center hallway, and packing and moving salvageable plumbing components from the 3rd floor. The school district has ordered the replacement Smart Boards, Laptops, Chromebooks, Phones, and Access Points that were damaged.
New Milford Public School District Facilities Director Matt Cunningham says none of the remaining interior work will take place during the school day. They are constructing walls, with doors and locks, blocking off the area. There will be signs noting that it's not an exit. They were able to do this in a way that students will still have access to restrooms on 3rd floor.