Maine Properties, a property management company in Scarborough, has donated $25,000 in labor and materials to Scarborough Public Schools. Todd Jepson, director of facilities for the district, said that the company installed plastic glass barriers in six of the school buildings. Photo courtesy of Diana Nelson

SCARBOROUGH — Local property management company Maine Properties assisted Scarborough public schools with the reopening of facilities this fall through a donation of labor worth $25,000.

Maine Properties announced on Sept. 18 that the company purchased and installed protective plastic glass barriers in the six school buildings, completing the work before schools reopened for the first time since March on Sept. 8.

As a precaution against the spread of Covid-19 in schools, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a physical barrier in areas where staying six feet apart is difficult for individuals, the organization said on its website.

The barriers were installed in high-traffic areas, like main offices, libraries, and guidance offices, any location where face-to-face interactions take place, Todd Jepson, facilities director for Scarborough Public Schools, said. Maine Properties customized the barriers to fit in each space, complete with steel framing.

“I can’t say enough about how professional everything looks,” he said. “There’s no way we could have pulled this off without their help. This is our busy time of the year and we were already doing things we don’t normally do.”

Jepson said that the district is grateful for the company’s assistance.

“This team stepped up when we needed them,” he said. “Before Scarborough Public Schools knew whether it would receive any federal or state grants, Maine Properties called to say they’d help. That type of commitment makes our community strong.”

Maine Properties is proud to be in a position to help, President Harrison Smith said.

“Many of us have children or grandchildren in the Scarborough school district so it was important to help in any way that we could as a company,” he said.

Maine Properties employees at Scarborough High School before the start of the school year. The company installed plastic glass barriers in high-traffic areas and offices in all of the school buildings. Photo courtesy of Diana Nelson

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