Southport School’s new windows are re-installed

For Adam Harkins, it seemed that about half of the recently installed windows at Southport Central School were showing too much daylight. As chairman of the school committee, he checked the 28 new windows that cost $27,503.67 and found that 13 did not fit properly, leaving a noticeable gap. “I noticed you could see daylight between the chassis and the trim, about a quarter inch,” he said. “There was a meeting with the installer and the manufacturer at the school. I told them no one would get paid until I was satisfied,” Harkins said.

At the September 19 school committee meeting, Harkins explained how a resolution was reached. He reported that 14 new windows meeting specifications would be rearranged and reinstalled. A broken window and 13 others that didn’t fit explain the order. “It really wasn’t anybody’s fault,” Harkins said. “We discussed how to solve it. Everyone gave a little and we came to a resolution we could all live with. New windows will be reinstalled when school is not in session. Harkins thinks the work will be done on Wednesday afternoons or weekends.

In another action, principal Lisa Clarke said the new school year was “off to a great start”. Clarke is looking to return to some of her old favorite activities to mark the new school year. One activity stopped in the last two years was field trips. But last week Southport students attended Edgecomb Eddy for a ‘Mad Scientist’ presentation, resumed fortnightly visits to the Southport Memorial Library and took part in a coastal cleanup. “Tomorrow we experience life in colonial America with a trip to Fort Pemaquid. It’s an outdoor program with lots of hands-on learning. It’s good to get back to those programs that we haven’t done in a while,” she said.

Another past favorite is also back on the school calendar. On September 29, the school organizes an open day. Clarke thinks the event will be a great time for parents to learn about the school. “They can see the changes to the building over the past three years. It will also be a great way to meet their children’s teachers,” she said.

Alternate Organizational Structure 98 Superintendent Bob Kahler reported that member schools worked together to avoid a transportation problem. Edgecomb is down from a bus driver. AOS officials met with the bus drivers, which resulted in a solution. “We combined routes that reduced one route releasing an Edgecomb/CSD (community school district) race,” he said. “This is an AOS, so we cannot order bus drivers to change routes. Members are a separate district, so we are looking for volunteers and cooperation to solve problems.

The committee then meets at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 17 at Southport Central School.

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