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Putnam Vocational ‘Tweaks’ Complete By Dec. 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — While the new Roger Putnam Vocational Technical Academy building opened in September, some of the equipment in the Collision Repair Shop is still not up and running.

Principal Gil Traverso said every vocational shop opened on the first day of school. The vast majority of the equipment worked properly. In about a half dozen of the shops, though, tweaks were needed.

In the Collision Repair Shop, a lift still has to be moved further away from a column. A safety bar has to be installed on another lift. And an air system needs to be completed in the spray booth. Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, Daniel J. Warwick said overall, the tweaks are minor.

“When you have a project of this magnitude, no one has ever completed a project like this and not had a few items on a punch list,” said Warwick.

John Ambra, General Superintendent from the construction firm, Morganti, said all of the equipment repairs and adjustments will be completed by December 1.

“We might have a had a little downtime for hands-on,” said John Kennedy, Putnam Collision Repair Department Head. “We utilized that for safety and training and also for our paint simulator so that our students would be ready to go into the new booth.”

Kennedy said he’s confident his students haven’t lost any ground educationally at this point. He said, for example, when they haven’t been able to use the spray paint booth, they’ve taken advantage of a spraying simulator computer program. They’ve also focused on parts of the curriculum that don’t involve hands-on lessons.

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