Wellesley High during warmer times...
(Globe staff photo by Jim Davis)
On one of the coldest days this winter, students at Wellesley High School had to keep their coats on at school today after the the building's aging boilers broke down.
In an e-mail to parents, principal Adam Blumer said the boilers were malfunctioning when custodians arrived early this morning but seemed to be running normally again by about 7:30 a.m.
But as the building was slowly warming up, a pipe cracked and triggered a second breakdown before noon, Blumer wrote in the message. Custodians were able to get the boilers working again in about an hour, but much of the school was expected to remain cold for the remainder of the day, he wrote.
The town is currently debating whether to renovate, partially replace, or completely replace the current 70-year-old structure, which is considered by some residents to have historic value. Wellesley was recently informed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority that state funds will be made available to defray some of the project's $150 million estimated cost.
Custodians were planning to keep the boilers set to their daytime temperature throughout the night in hopes of getting the temperature throughout the building at its proper setting by Friday, Blumer wrote.
-- Lisa Keen
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