Weather plays a factor in the reopening date of Egremont’s School

For the school to be considered safe for children to spend time in, the lead paint has to be scraped off the exterior of the building and the building needs to be repainted by a lead paint abatement-certified contractor.

EGREMONT — The South Egremont Schoolhouse continues to inch toward completion, although not as quickly as the town would like, said select board member Mary Brazie.

The latest projects including moving the location of the ramp and deciding on whether to install child or adult-sized fixtures in the bathrooms.

Brazie said the select board had hoped to see classes resume in the schoolhouse by Feb. 25, but with the lead paint abatement process still uncompleted, she said it was obvious that that wouldn’t be the case.

For the school to be considered safe for children to spend time in, the lead paint has to be scraped off the exterior of the building and the building needs to be repainted by a lead paint abatement-certified contractor. In order for painting to take place, the contractor requires that there be three to four weeks straight of temperatures above 45 degrees.

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