School Installs Protective Concrete Barrier
“I saw that this was a busy intersection and the playground was simply fenced in with a chain-link fence,” he said. Kerns brought the issue to the attention of superintendent of schools Tom Petruny. “It is a pretty busy area,” Petruny said. Kerns said, “I felt the playground needed some protection from the intersection in case an accident was to occur, sending an out-of-control car toward our children.”
Because of the school’s tight budget, Kerns began looking for low-cost ways to resolve the safety issue. Kerns turned to Turner Construction officials, who referred him to a local construction company, Camputaro Construction of North Branford, Conn. The company generously agreed to donate a concrete Jersey barrier, worth $700. A second barrier was purchased, and both were installed where the old chain-link fence once stood.
Board of education chairman Bruce Baker said of Kerns, “He did a great job. Having them there is really a good thing.”