PARIS — School officials are monitoring the snow load on the district’s buildings as another foot of snow was expected Monday.

“We are monitoring them,” said Nelson Baillargeon, facilities director.

Monday’s storm was the third large one in seven days.

Baillargeon said that Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, with its low, flat roof over the gym area, is the most problematic building in the district. The Agnes Gray School in West Paris is also being carefully monitored for snow loads, he said.

Although there are other buildings in the district with large, flat roofs, such as the Rowe Elementary School in Norway, Baillargeon said the snow has been light and fluffy and, for the most part, the wind has blown a lot of it away.

“If it keeps going like this, it might be the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said.


The district has 19 buildings, including 12 school buildings, that must be maintained, in addition to all of the parking lots and walkways that must be kept safe.

Town officials also must keep an eye on municipal buildings, some of which also have large, flat roofs.

In Norway, Town Manager David Holt said he is watching the town garage, an old building with a flat roof on Brown Street, as well as the low roof area between the Fire Station and Town Office, where snow tends to accumulate.

In Paris, Town Manager Amy Bernard said Monday the only problematic town building roof is the Fire Station on Western Avenue, which she said has been shoveled off this winter.

“The Fire Department’s up there quite a bit,” she said.

In Oxford, Fire Department personnel said there have been no problems with roofs this winter.


There has been one major roof collapse in Norway within the past 10 years, along with the threat of another roof caving in.

In March 2014, the metal roof on the L.F. Pike & Son store on Main Street buckled under the weight of snow. The building was taken down in late December.

In September 2007, a section of the sagging roof on the Norway Opera House on Main Street collapsed under the weight of pooled water. It prompted an engineer to warn town officials that winter snow could trigger a roof collapse in the three-story brick building.

The historic building was eventually taken by the town and transferred to the Norway Opera House Corp., which has raised money to renovate the first-floor storefronts.

The building was reopened for business in 2013.

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