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Teamwork fixes Madawaska school entrance

MADAWASKA, Maine — In an effort to save local property taxes, the Madawaska School Department and Public Works Department teamed up to construct a new handicapped-accessible entrance at the elementary school.

Due to a design issue, said school officials, the roof angles at the particular entrance were causing snow buildup on the roof to melt and freeze on the original walkway. The ice buildup has been a continuous problem and required much attention by the school’s custodial staff.

Superintendent Gisele Dionne said the new entrance is a straight path to the handicap spaces in the parking lot at the school. She and her staff worked with Public Works Foreman Yves Lizotte and two members of the public works staff, Eric Morin and John Cyr, to design a new approach and entrance to that section of the building.

Public works employees cut through a half brick wall, capped the edges with ridged stainless steel and prepared all of the groundwork for the paving of the walkway that is scheduled to happen next week.

“This teamwork approach is greatly appreciated by the school department. The work that the public works crew provided saved at least half of the anticipated cost of nearly $5,000,” Dionne stated. “The result is a new and improved entrance that is safer for our students, faculty and the general public,” she said.

The town’s public works and school departments have a longstanding working relationship. The town garage is shared by municipal and school employees and all of the school department parking lots are maintained in the winter by the public works staff.

For more information, contact Dionne at 728-3346.

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