Officials working on elementary school repairs

State consultants working with Hamilton and Wenham on repairs to the elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District were checking last week on whether the projects would also require installation of sprinkler systems to bring the schools into compliance with modern fire codes. The two towns have special town meetings scheduled for Nov. 4 (Hamilton) and Nov. 5 (Wenham), where one of the articles on each warrant will be funding of a $2.6 million repair project for boilers and additional work at the Winthrop and Buker elementary schools, which will require a debt exclusion override of Proposition 2½. Wenham Town Administrator Mark Andrews said the issue was raised by School Committee chairman Roger Kuebel, and the towns were checking to see if repairs would require the installation of sprinklers, and if so what the costs might be.