OXFORD - A crack running down the side of a concrete wall at Oxford High School was more noticable than ever Tuesday and it had some students and faculty members feeling a little uneasy.
But school officials say there is nothing to worry about.
Board of Education Chairwoman Paula Guillet said construction workers were simply replacing caulk from an old, cosmetic crack that developed after major snowstorms in 2011.
“This is nothing new,” she said. "...There is nothing to worry about."
Schools facilities manager John Barlow reiterated there is no cause for concern.
“I’m going to nip this in the bud right now; we are removing some caulking to perform routine expansion joint maintenance," he said.
On Tuesday, students posted photos on social media sites of the cracks in the walls and began sharing them with their parents, who became concerned. (See a photo of the crack attached to this article.)
Guillet said she had received a few calls from parents and assured them the building is safe.
A 2011 engineering report of the building also states the building is structurally sound and that the fizzures are simply cosmetic.
A three-page report from Pustola & Associates Engineers states that “we did not see any structural, permanent deformation of the walls.”