North Adams Superintendent Brent Lehman shares a laugh with board president Michelle Stimpson at the conclusion of his first meeting on Tuesday. (Photo by J Swygart)
Structural defects in three areas of the exterior walls at Bellmont High School will take nearly $2 million to fully correct, straining the school district's capital improvement fund and leaving school officials searching for sufficient yet cost-effective remedies.
Larry Carty, business manager at North Adams Community Schools, for months has been providing updates to school board members of the status of walls that are cracked and bowed in the high school's library, theater and gymnasium areas.
During Tuesday night's board meeting, Carty said officials from StructureTech, a consulting firm hired to recommend corrective actions necessary to stabilize the walls, has proposed a $38,000 fix that will provide "partial stabilization" of the walls.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.