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By Marc Lutz 

After 35 years, high school elevator will be replaced


October 21, 2021

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Josh Blatchley, facilities director at the school district, uses a tool to open the door to the high school elevator, which has been out of operation since March of 2020 due to an oil leak. The borough plans to replace the elevator.

The borough is moving forward with a much-needed elevator project at the high school.

After researching options, it was determined that the entire elevator needs to be replaced rather than repaired. School district staff hopes that, if all goes smoothly, the project will be finished by the start of the 2022/2023 school year.

Josh Blatchley, head of the school district maintenance department, said an oil leak was discovered at the bottom of the elevator's hydraulic ram in March of 2020. Any research into fixing it was put on hold because COVID-19 hit and other items became a priority.


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