First Selectman James Zeoli and Lynn McMullin, Superintendent of the Orange Board of Education, announced today that following a recent water line break at Peck Place School, Yale University has agreed to house the students at Yale’s West Campus through the end of the school year.
“The Town of Orange, and more particularly the Peck Place family, are very grateful to Yale. I want to thank Bruce Alexander and Scott Strobel of Yale for all of their assistance. When our students needed a home, Yale immediately stepped up and provided them with one. Yale is part of the fabric of the Orange community,” Zeoli said.
Yale’s assistance will allow for incorporating the bond work renovations that were scheduled for the summer, with the building’s remediation and State certification.
Zeoli also expressed his gratitude to Superintendent McMullin. Our Superintendent has worked around the clock on this issue and has set a great example for her staff,” Zeoli said.
Superintendent McMullin expressed her thanks to her administrative staff, teachers and parents. “Everyone has stepped up to meet this challenge. Our Peck Place principal, Eric Carbone, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the building on the Yale campus will work for our teachers and students,” McMullin said.
Superintendent McMullin confirmed that she is working to complete the relocation to Yale before the end of the month. “We are moving quickly and are working with state and local officials to ensure that the temporary school meets our requirements,” McMullin said.
In addition to the pipe break at Peck Place School, town officials addressed an external water main break at Turkey Hill School that occurred on January 2nd between the building and the fire hydrant and caused water to flow across the parking lot. In a classroom in that same general location, a custodian noticed a gap in the window ledge on Friday, January 17th.