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Published: Monday, February 14, 2011 12:06 PM EST
Providing a safe environment

Providing a safe learning environment for students and staff is a critical piece of the Vernon Board of Education’s mission statement. The winter weather has broken records and has put us in a situation that we have not dealt with in the past.

On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank the mayor, the emergency management director, the superintendent, the director of Public Works and his entire staff, the director of the Parks and Recreation Department and his entire staff, Jim Silva and his structural engineering firm, the Connecticut National Guard, the Vernon Fire Department, the Vernon Youth Service Bureau, the Board of Education maintenance and custodial staff, the Board of Education cafeteria director and her staff, our EMS volunteers, the Cemetery Commission, the WPCA, CERT, our local businesses, the many citizen volunteers, and anyone else I may have missed who helped the Vernon public schools through this unusual event of clearing extreme snow loads from our school roofs."

Once the determination was made by our structural engineer that the snow loads needed to be removed because they were exceeding structural tolerances for our buildings, the mayor was notified. He immediately put the gears in motion to address our predicament. This was an absolutely arduous task for all and one that our school resources could never have undertaken on our own.

A great job was done by all those involved and the Vernon Board of Education thanks everyone. The citizens of Vernon can be proud of the town departments and resources, businesses, and citizens that sprung into action to solve this crisis.

Anne Fischer
Vernon Chairwoman Vernon Board of Education

The writer is chairwoman of the Board of Education.

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