Saturday September 15, 2012

HINSDALE -- The art teacher at Kittredge Elementary School is recovering from a mild concussion after a newly installed window struck her in the head during class this week.

Architects and the window manufacturer have already visited the school to inspect the window. More inspections will take place today to determine how the window came out of a locking position on Wednesday and struck art teacher Jennifer Annand. The window itself was not broken.

"I talked to [Annand] yesterday and she was in good spirits," said William Cameron, superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District, which operates Kittredge.

After the incident, the school’s art room was closed for usage for the rest of the week.

Bradley Architects Inc. inspected the work at the school on Thursday.

Kittredge Principal Debbie White said representatives from Harvey Industries came to the school on Friday to disengage the release mechanisms on all of the school’s new windows which offer tilting features for cleaning and ventilation. Students are not permitted to use the windows but faculty can open and clean them.

"It’s fortunate for everybody that no one was seriously hurt, but we’re taking this seriously. Whether it’s an installation problem, mechanical problem, or how it was opened, we’re still trying to figure out exactly where the problem is," Cameron said.

Kittredge and Craneville Elementary School in Dalton both underwent renovations this summer with projects done with contractors approved under the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Green Repair Program for the Central Berkshire Regional School District.

Craneville’s roof was replaced, while Kittredge received new windows with styles that vary throughout the school.

It has not yet been determined whether the school district or the MSBA will be responsible for any cost associated with securing the windows.

White said the response to the incident went smoothly.

Children in the art room were moved to the library after the incident, while the school nurse provided attention until an ambulance arrived.

In these types of emergency situations, shades are drawn at the school, while ambulances are requested not to use sirens so children will not become upset.

The students were inform ed on Thursday that Annand was OK.

Art classes at Kittredge take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Instruction is scheduled to resume next week.

To reach Jenn Smith:
JSmith@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6239