Roof damage cancels school at Ludlowe Friday

Fairfield Ludlowe High School was closed Thursday morning, Jan. 31, after high winds ripped the rubber roof membrane off part of the building, allowing rain into the building.

According to a statement by Supt. Dr. David Title, “Rebound for Newtown was on as scheduled.

“The building has been cleared to host after-school activities, practices, and sporting events, and other special events over the coming days that are not in the affected area, Headmaster Greg Hatzis wrote in a notice posted at the Fairfield Public Schools webiste.

Course Information Night scheduled for Fairfield Warde High School at 7 p.m. Thursday will still be held.

But GED preparation and ESL classes for Thursday night, Jan. 31, were canceled after students were dismissed earlier that day. Classes are canceled for Friday, Feb. 1.

Supt. David Title said 15 classrooms on the second floor of Warner House were affected.

“The extent of this damage was not known until the buses had already started their morning runs, so students in the affected classrooms were relocated to the gymnasium and all other classes ran as scheduled. School was dismissed for all students at 10:15 a.m.,” Title said in a press release.

“No students or staff were ever in the part of the building that was affected,” Hatzis wrote. “No one was injured or ever in  danger of injury.”

Photos show the roof membrane hanging off a corner of the structure.

Once the damage was discovered, the district’s roof contractor assessed the damage, and maintenance crews began to work on repairing wind and water damage. The Fire Department, Building Department and other contractors responded, as did the town’s insurance carrier, Title said.

The district’s central officers and alternative high school were also closed Thursday.

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