NEH facilities study planned

MOUNT DESERT — Sealander Architects of Ellsworth will conduct a facility needs assessment of Mount Desert Elementary School at a cost of $6,500 plus expenses.

The school committee approved that expenditure at its Dec. 7 meeting.

School Superintendent Marc Gousse had asked Sealander for a proposal for the facilities assessment. Mike Sealander said in his response that the assessment would include “an extended walk-through and survey of the building and grounds and a meeting with staff and/or administration members” to identify any deficiencies.

“Typical areas to address include the building exterior envelope and energy efficiency, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, functional issues, interior finishes, building systems (mechanical, alarm and electrical) and controls,” Sealander said.

“As it appears the exterior wall leaking is a known concern of some priority, we will provide specific guidance on remediation.”

However, Principal Gloria Delsandro said last week that the school doesn’t have any leaking walls.

Sealander has been working with the Mount Desert Island High School trustees for the past year to develop plans for replacing that school’s leaking walls and windows.

See related story in this issue.

A facilities assessment of Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor was conducted last year, and Gousse has said he would like to have an up-to-date evaluation of the facility needs of all of the schools in the system.


Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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