After one full week of outdoor school, students at the Moretown Elementary School returned to classes as usual inside the building Monday morning, September 19. Results from health tests conducted to determine whether coliform bacteria were still present in the flood-damaged building returned negative last Thursday.
The building previously failed health tests administered a week after the building sustained significant flooding due to Hurricane Irene; work crews worked around the clock to rip up carpeting throughout the school and clean and sanitize the building.
During the cleanup and testing process, students occupied four-wall tents donated by Valley Rent-All and utilized community resources and donations by several local businesses to continue classes as usual.
Moretown town officials congratulated Principal Duane Pierson Monday, September 19, for gaining re-entry to the flood-damaged school.
Select board members discussed options for the relocation of the town offices that were completely flooded during Hurricane Irene. One option being considered is the Moretown School, according to town officials.
Pierson said, “Given what’s happened here, if it’s an option, we’ll see what that means and how we can do it without harming children.”
“I don’t know.”
The option to utilize school space for the Moretown town offices is still in the preliminary discussion phase, according to Pierson.
“I don’t know what your needs are in terms of a vault,” he continued.
Moretown Town Clerk Cherilynn Lamson said the town offices “don’t see a whole lot of traffic” and that the office requires space for vital records and general operation.
Pierson said, “It’s a good time to look at what’s available; we can’t decide that tonight but maybe there’s a possibility there.”
Members of the planning commission said that a study of all of the options for potential town office relocation has already been done. Every person who works in the office has been interviewed and the square footage requirements were determined by the planning commission.
Lamson said, “The vault is my main concern; the vault is a must yesterday. When the books come back there needs to be a clean, safe, dry place to keep the records. We definitely need to plan for the future, sooner rather than later as far as land records.”
Pierson said, “I think there is a short-term and long-term possible option, but there are a lot of things that need to be discussed. I know it’s essential for Cherilynn.”