OTISFIELD — New windows are expected to arrive at the Otisfield Community School this week as the $1 million mold removal project nears completion.

“They’re on time,” Superintendent Rick Colpitts said. The tentative project end date is Aug. 12. The first day of classes is Aug. 29.

Colpitts was at the school Friday checking on progress and said crews were waiting for new windows to arrive this week. Some interior painting is already being done, he said.

The project is being completed after tests confirmed the presence of mold throughout the exterior walls and on windows. Officials believe the problem was caused by several factors, including moisture from the roof, leaking windows and blockage of exterior foundation weep holes by dirt caused in part by poor grading. Although some of the problems were resolved by drainage work, the mold remained.

The work included replacing the Sheetrock and insulation on exterior walls, and the windows.

While the work is being done, no one has been allowed in the building, and all desks and other furniture were placed in the centrally located gym.

Voters approved funding for the work in June.

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