July 13, 2020

SAD 46 closes buildings to remove snow from roofs> Students in district towns return to classes today

DEXTER — The snow load on the roofs of buildings in SAD 46 caused local officials to close one school Monday and the remainder Tuesday.

School will be open as usual today, said Superintendent Gilbert Reynolds.

Reynolds said schools throughout the district were closed Tuesday to allow the district time to remove the accumulated ice and snow from the roofs of the Dexter buildings.

The roofs on the smaller schools in Ripley, Exeter and Garland were cleared already, he said. Canceling school throughout the district avoided confusion, said the superintendent.

The initial concern developed Monday at the Dexter Middle School, one of the oldest buildings in the district. School was closed there that day. Crews worked Tuesday to remove snow from the middle school, high school, bus garage and technical school.

Tuesday’s work was aided by crews from the Charleston Correctional Center, Reynolds said. Snow removal will continue as needed.

“We’ll be monitoring the buildings. There is still some ice there we can’t remove or we might damage the roof,” Reynolds said.

With the children out of school, the snow removal could continue without any difficulty or delays.

An engineer was consulted to look at the situation. The roof trusses at the middle school are wooden and rated for 50 pounds per square foot. Other roofs in the district are rated for 70 pounds per square foot, Reynolds said. The engineers told him the problem was not a safety issue.

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