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October 10, 2012

Windows delayed again at Burke School

PEABODY — At Burke School, they don’t do windows.

Or at least they can’t do windows until they are delivered by Graham Architectural Products of York, Pa. And that’s where the problem starts. It’s a complication that goes back to last January, Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola said, and he’s not happy about it.

At last night’s School Committee meeting member, Brandi Carpenter explained, “There was another delay. I did ask that a representative be present at this meeting, but he was unable to come.”

Instead, the company promised that delivery of the windows would begin with a shipment on Monday.

“I’m disappointed in this company,” committee member Jarrod Hochman said.

“I’m appalled at this,” Mastrocola said. “I’m appalled at the behavior of Graham Architectural. ... I’m going to have a discussion with the purchasing agent, and I’m going to contact the attorney general.”

A consumer complaint is warranted, he said.

He told the board he would demand the presence of a Graham manager at the next meeting. He praised the students and staff at the school for putting up with what he called the fourth delay in the ongoing renovations.

Adding to the concerns are levels of PCBs on the second floor that were believed to be used in creating the school’s original caulking. These levels were found to be above federal standards in tests last year.

School officials have promised that the classrooms will be tested again to ensure acceptable levels of PCBs before students return to them.

When the new windows do arrive, the superintendent said, they are expected to come in “batches.” The first batch is slated for the back side of the building.

By contrast with the window situation, Mastrocola expressed satisfaction with the work of contractor Jim Lambrianidis.

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