GLTS Students Build Home in Lawrence to Sharpen Their Technical Skills

Greater Lawrence Technical School
Superintendent John Lavoie
57 River Rd, Andover,
MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

GLTS Students Build Home in Lawrence to Sharpen Their Technical Skills

ANDOVER —  Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that nearly 100 GLTS students are busy constructing a house as part of the school’s building program.

Carpentry, electrical and plumbing students are currently on site at 47 Norris St. in Lawrence making progress on the construction of a two-story wood frame home.

The annual project is made possible through a partnership with the Greater Lawrence Revolving Loan Fund, which since 1973 has provided GLTS the necessary upfront money to purchase lots and acquire building materials.

Following completion of the project, the home sells for market value and profits are used to purchase a piece of land for the following year.

“What’s beneficial about this project is that it gives our students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the real world,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “By the time they graduate, they have experience in the field that they can use in their post secondary education or career.”

During the chilly morning hours of Jan. 29, one group of carpentry students were laying plywood on the roof, while others stayed on the ground building a wall that would be used to install the home’s electrical panel.

“When we first started building everything, it was my first time out working on a house,” said junior carpentry student Reymi Vargas, of Lawrence. “It was cool experiencing everything behind the scenes.”

“My favorite part of this project so far was lifting up the rafters and attaching them to the house,” added junior carpentry student Adelina Vargas, of Lawrence. “We had to use harnesses to be pulled up to the appropriate height. It was a good experience.”

Inside the home, down in the basement, senior electrical students were rough wiring the home, installing temporary lights and running a wire to the sump pump. Once the windows are installed in a couple weeks, the pace of the electrical work will accelerate dramatically.

“This is a great experience for students,” electrical instructor Charlie Kennedy said. “They’re learning real world skills and how to work with different trades — it’s all part of the job and all things a contractor would do.”

On the second floor, junior plumbing students were focused on drilling a 2-inch hole a through the exterior wall plate that will be used to install a vent for the first floor bathroom fixtures.

Junior plumbing student Josh Small, of Methuen, said he’s enjoyed getting to put his technical skills to use over the last few months.

“You get to learn and make mistakes and better ourselves for going out on co-op,” he added.

In the coming months, additional students from the HVAC and Horticulture and Landscape programs will contribute to the project. Work first began in November and the home is expected to go on the market sometime this spring.

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Andover Schools Statement on Gun Violence Discussion at Andover High School

ANDOVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sheldon Berman, Superintendent
36R Bartlet St.
Andover, MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

 

Statement of Andover Superintendent Sheldon Berman and High School Principal Philip Conrad

ANDOVER — Andover Schools Superintendent Sheldon Berman and High School Principal Philip Conrad issue the following joint statement to the public regarding a community discussion that took place today at Andover High School:

“This afternoon, a group of well over 100 students gathered in the cafeteria, with the support of administrators and faculty, to have an open discussion around the critical and troubling issue of gun violence in American schools.

“Earlier today, student leaders approached staff with their plan to leave their last class of the day in order to host this discussion. Staff members worked cooperatively with them to facilitate a peaceful and thoughtful conversation on how they were impacted by the shooting earlier this week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

“I am proud of our students for their conscientious approach to this issue and for their desire to share their feelings and concerns in an open forum, and I sincerely hope that families will faciliate their students in similar conversations at home.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring that our students feel safe at school, that their voices are heard and taken seriously, and that they are actively involved in the school community. Today’s dialogue was an important part of achieving that mission.”

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*JOINT RELEASE* Two Rockland High School Students Arrested After Allegedly Making Threats

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*JOINT RELEASE*

Two Rockland High School Students Arrested After Allegedly Making Threats

ROCKLAND – Superintendent of Schools Alan Cron and Police Chief John R. Llewellyn report that two freshmen at Rockland High School have been arrested for allegedly threatening to commit acts of violence at the school on Friday afternoon.

TWO JUVENILE MALES, AGE 14 AND 15, BOTH FROM ROCKLAND, were arrested by the Rockland Police Department as a result. They were charged with:

  • Making Terroristic Threats
  • Disturbing a School Assembly

At 1:25 p.m., Rockland Police were notified that two males, claiming to be Rockland High School students, had called a Boston television news station and told the station that they planned to harm people at their school. The news station called the police, and an investigation was launched immediately.

Both of the students allegedly responsible for the threat were identified, located and arrested within 30 minutes of their initial phone call to the television station.

Out of an abundance of caution, all school facilities in Rockland sheltered in place during the investigation. Once the Rockland Police Department determined that the situation was resolved, the order was lifted. Students are being dismissed in the usual manner today.

Superintendent Cron praised the quick work of all involved.

“The Rockland Police Department acted quickly to respond to this threat, and the individuals are in custody,” Superintendent Cron said. “I am very pleased that our faculty and staff and the police department worked closely this afternoon, following all of the policies and procedures we have in place in the event of an emergency. What matters most is that no one was harmed today.”

The investigation remains ongoing. At this time, it is not known if the threat was credible. The names of the suspects cannot be released due to their ages. The 15-year-old suspect was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. The suspects will be held and will likely be arraigned in Hingham Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

“I am very proud of the effort put forth today by our officers and school officials,” Chief Llewellyn said. “Thanks to an aggressive investigation, and in no small part thanks to the close working relationship between the Rockland Police Department and Rockland Public Schools, these suspects were identified quickly and arrested.”

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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DCF Clears Andover Varsity Hockey Coaches

Andover High School
Philip Conrad, Principal
80 Shawsheen Road
Andover, MA 01810

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Statement of Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad

ANDOVER — Andover High School Principal Philip Conrad issues the following statement to the public:

“I have, as of this afternoon, been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families that the agency has found all of the allegations were unsupported.

“In light of this notification, and with the results of our internal investigation in hand, I am reinstating the three varsity hockey coaches immediately.”

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