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Heat problems send Colrain Central kids to Heath

First- and second-graders from Heath and Colrain Central had a poetry class together, after a heating system malfunction sent Colrain Central children up to Heath for the school day. Submitted photo/Heath Principal Eric Glazier.

First- and second-graders from Heath and Colrain Central had a poetry class together, after a heating system malfunction sent Colrain Central children up to Heath for the school day. Submitted photo/Heath Principal Eric Glazier.

HEATH — About 90 Colrain Central schoolchildren spent Monday at the Heath Elementary School, after a heating problem was discovered in Colrain earlier that morning. According to Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, water got into the oil tanks, contaminating the fuel. He said the water was pumped out, and the boilers were back in working order by later Monday afternoon.

According to Heath Principal Eric Glazier, the Colrain Central School custodian discovered that the heating system wasn’t working at about 6:30 a.m.; then Glazier was called at about 7 a.m. and told to expect the additional students.

“I started making the necessary phone calls,” he said. “We had a couple hours of leeway.”

He said the school buses took the Colrain children directly to Heath, so that school started on time for everyone.

“It was a very productive day,” he said. “There was no lost time. We were able to give all the kids from Colrain work spaces.”

He said food from Colrain was brought up for their lunches, and that two extra lunch periods and recess periods were scheduled. Children from both schools had recess together, and the first- and second-graders from both schools did a poetry class together.

Colrain children will be back at Colrain Central School today.

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