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New London school to be closed through Friday due to water damage

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NEW LONDON -- The school damaged by water last week will remain closed through Friday.

Officials said Nathan Hale School Arts Magnet School suffered severe water damage last Thursday.

“We had a vent that brings fresh air into our HVAC system into the school, and that vent because of the very cold weather froze in an open position," said Stephen Tracy, interim superintendent.

Breaks in the water pipes serving the heating system resulted in damage.

“We thought we would be back online in three or four days and then we started doing moisture readings and we kept seeing other areas that were wet," said Miguel, a contractor hired for the job. "We have to remove all the insulation and sheetrock from a total of 13 classrooms, hallways, stairwells, all ceiling tiles.”

Tracy said the school will be closed for the rest of the week.

Several classrooms, hallways and other spaces were damaged. Official expect the school to reopen on January 8.