Board hires expert to ‘debug’ school
  Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, Register Correspondent   September 28, 2000

DERBY — There’s a problem at Bradley School that’s really bugging school officials.

Termites were discovered at the elementary school on David Humphreys Road shortly after school began at the end of August, eating their way through some wooden bookshelves, books and several windowsills throughout the school. 

The Board of Education hired an exterminator this week to eradicate the bugs. The board approved an expenditure of $6,000 to hire Bug Busters of Ansonia to rid the K-6 school of the termites. 

Board of Education Chairman James Gildea said Wednesday he expects the extermination work to begin in the next week or two. 

Duggan said the exterminator will use a "chemical-free" approach to tackle the termites. He said the work would be performed after school when children and staff are out of the building. 

The pesky insects have caused an undetermined amount of damage throughout the 39-year-old school in recent weeks. 

The building itself is made of brick, steel and plaster, resulting in no structural damage, said Principal William Duggan. 

One of the most obvious places the termites might have headed for was the gymnasium, with its vast amount of wood flooring. However, the gym floor was built to resist termite infestation, and no damage has been seen there. 

Duggan said the school had a small termite problem about 10 or 15 years ago, but no major damage was done.