Schools, town feel the freeze

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WINDHAM COUNTY — Extreme cold brought a change of plans to local schools and Brattleboro town officials Tuesday.

Officials at Twin Valley Middle High School originally called for a two-hour delay because of the weather.

But frozen pipes attached to the wood boiler prompted a cancelation.

School is scheduled to be back in session today after repairs are made.

"We weren't going to have any water," Twin Valley Middle High School Principal Tom Fitzgerald said. "It doesn't get that cold this often."

Townshend Elementary School had a two-hour delay after running out of heating fuel.

"We were actually on the list to get delivery today," Townshend Elementary Principal Craig Roach said. "We just happened to run out just before school."

When school started, the inside the building was about 60 degrees.

"It was a little cold, but it's plenty warm now," Roach said at about 2 p.m, Tuesday.

Schools in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union had a 90-minute delay while Windham Central, Windham Southwest and Windham Northeast all had two-hour delays because of the cold. Brattleboro Town Manager Peter Elwell sent out an email Tuesday morning saying the Select Board meeting scheduled that night would need to be moved to the Brooks Memorial Library due to the failure of one of the two boilers in the Municipal Center.

"Under normal conditions, one boiler is enough to heat the building," he wrote. "However, when it gets really cold, both boilers are needed to maintain a proper temperature."

All town offices at the Municipal Center were still open Tuesday, Elwell told the Reformer.

"Some employees are here and others are working from home or taking a vacation day," he said.

Elwell later said a repair was underway but a related electrical issue was found, making a return to normal operations questionable for Wednesday.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273

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