The summer was a busy one for Region 12 facilities director Don O'Leary with repairs and painting occurring at all four of the region's schools.

Highlights of the work included:

All elementary classroom were painted and security cameras were installed at the three elementary schools -- Burnham in Bridgewater, Booth Free in Roxbury, and Washington Primary.

At Washington Primary School, the circle driveway was repaved, low-hanging branches trimmed from the bus parking area and outside stairs were repaired.

The heating system was altered with a change from steam to hot water flowing through the pipes, while the same boilers remain. It is believed this will better regulate heat in the classrooms.

Booth Free School is having a new septic field installed, with fencing constructed to keep traffic from the leaching fields.

Outside stairs have been repaired and new cabinets installed and painted in all rooms.

At Shepaug Valley School, a number of dead trees were removed, lighting was replaced in the parking area, and the swimming pool room had sound attenuation tiles installed on the ceiling, with new sound attenuation panelling to be installed along the walls.

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