Emergency repairs made to underground pipe at school

BEACON FALLS — Region 16 officials are looking to address old underground piping at Laurel Ledge Elementary School after a pipe sprung a leak in November.

Director of Facilities and Maintenance Stephen Martoni said a leak in the piping that feeds the heating system in three of the buildings at the former campus-style school was discovered on Nov. 12. It took three days to repair the pipe, Martoni told the Board of Education last week.

The repairs cost about $10,600, according to a memo to the board, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect. The board hired NJL Corporation for $7,395 to do the digging, the memo states. MJ Daly repaired the pipe for $3,269.

The money for the work came from the building repairs account in the budget, Director of Finance and Business Operations Pamela Mangini said.

The school has a backup heating system, Martoni said, and there was minimum disruption to the school day.

Once the pipe was repaired, the system was checked and no other leaks were found, the memo states.

Martoni said the pipes are deteriorating and will need to be addressed sooner or later.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said officials are looking to add the work to the district’s capital plan. He said if one pipe broke others are going to start having problems.

“We need to get ahead of it,” he said.