Date set for Cos Cob students to return

December 14, 2018

GREENWICH — Displaced Cos Cob School kindergartners, first- and second-graders will return on Jan. 2, concluding nearly three months in makeshift classrooms at Parkway and Old Greenwich Schools.

Principal Gene Schmidt announced the news Friday.

All Cos Cob students missed a week of classes and the three grades were forced to relocate after a faucet in the second-floor art room broke over a weekend in early October, causing a flood that damaged the first and second floors.

On the second floor, three classrooms, the science lab, the media center, the computer lab and art room were damaged, and on the first floor, seven classrooms and program spaces, the main office suite, the conference room and the nurse’s suite were damaged.

The damage was primarily limited to cabinetry, ceiling tiles and drywall, walls — which were opened up for air to mitigate mod growth — and flooring.

The town scrambled to appropriate nearly $2 million to clean up the building, relocate the kids and rebuild damaged areas.

The faucet that broke was not an industrial faucet, which school buildings are supposed to use, board member Peter Sherr said.

For Sherr, the situation at Cos Cob is an example of how routine maintenance is not prioritized.

“We didn’t maintain the faucet,” he said. “That entire thing happened over a cheap faucet that should never have been involved.”

Regular air quality testing continues to be within acceptable standards, according to school officials.


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