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Wilton-Lyndeborough School District

Safety, training issues prompt sale of sawmill

WILTON — The Wilton-Lyndeborough School district has sold a full-size portable sawmill that was once used as part of its curriculum.

During an April 29 meeting of the School Board, Superintendent Chris Tyrie notified the board that in order to keep the sawmill and to use it as part of the curriculum, additional training would be needed for the teacher to operate the sawmill, according to meeting minutes. Additionally, the sawmill would need repairs before it could be used. The industrial arts teacher, Mark Ekberg, had indicated he would like to use the sawmill as an extension of the Wood II class, but the district wasn’t able to secure the training that would be needed for him to do so. Tyrie recommended to the board that the district sell the sawmill and find an alternative to replace it.

According to the minutes, School Board Vice Chair Harry Dailey commented that the sawmill has not been part of the curriculum for some time, and he was in favor of selling it in order to put the money back into bettering the program for courses to reach a larger group of students. Basic carpentry or basic electric were suggested. Dailey made a motion to sell the sawmill, but the motion was not seconded.

According to the minutes, following additional discussion, in which Wilton-Lyndeborough Middle and High School Principal Brian Bagley spoke in favor of the sawmill being sold, School Board member Fran Bujak commented that he would support selling the sawmill, due to the issues that the administration had with safety and because without proper training for the instructor, there wasn’t a way for the sawmill to return to the curriculum. The board then agreed to sell the sawmill.

The sawmill was purchased in 1995 for a cost of $3,795.

The district sold the sawmill through an open bid process, which ended on Wednesday at 2 p.m. David Cahoon entered the highest bid, which was $600.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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