Updated: Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 6:25 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 6:25 PM EST
STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- When students and staff returned to the Deans Mill school on Tuesday they were met with a bit of a surprise. The carpets were wet and it appeared their high tech skylights were leaking.
Plastic tenting now hangs below several of the skylights at the Stonington elementary school. The ceilings in four classrooms and the library were leaking.
"No serious damage. Obviously we've got some carpets that were wet. No permanent damage to the structure," said Bill King, Operations Manager.
The skylights were installed just a couple of years ago and the company which did the job was called back to look at fixing this problem because it doesn't make the grade. It's not just the skylights that were leaking.
"There's some pitching that is wrong so we have some ponding on the areas. It really isn't pitching toward the drain," said King.
Fortunately though, high marks for how the school's maintenance crew dealt with the problem.
"We've obviously tented it off here and it is running through tubings into a bucket where we can manage it," said King.
For the most part these leaks didn't get in the way of any learning. The principal tells me only one classroom, a kindergarten class had to be moved to the library so the tenting was put up.
King says it may not be pretty but it does the job well.
"Even in the library or classrooms it is not a significant leak," said King.
Bill King says when the skylights are working right they're like sky lights on steroids. There's actually a prism on the top which gathers the light and then its disperse in a soft light in a wider area so it saves on lighting and electricity.