RICHMOND — No more rain would be a good thing.
Central Heights School Superintendent Jim White said more dry weather this summer would help quicken completion of the school building’s new roof.
“[The architect] is working on plans right now,” White said. “They were up on the roof doing some core samples [June 25] and [June 26]. I would like to think that sometime in the next month we’ll be started on [the new roof].”
The new roof is expected to be funded by a recently passed bond issue, which is expected to also pay for a locker room facility at the Bud Schaub Sports Complex, a new music room attached to the east end of the auditorium, replacing the original auditorium seats and bleachers, and replacing kitchen equipment, according to the Central Heights website.
Recent rainfall hasn’t caused too much additional damage to the current roof, which is deteriorating, White said, but it hasn’t helped either.
“We’ve had some temporary fixes. The most recent rain hasn’t been so bad as the earlier [rainfalls],” he said. “We’re holding up additional deterioration with what we’ve done and, of course, the architects are working on the plan as we speak so hopefully we’ll get that process started quickly.”
The temporary fixes are starting to worsen and, in an effort to make sure further damage isn’t done to equipment within the building, White said the school has had to put temporary fixes on the temporary fixes.
“We’ve got most of the leaks covered with buckets where [rain] was coming in,” he said. “And some trash receptacles strategically located throughout the building as [rain] comes through.”
The leaky roof now is patched with tar, White said, but the tar patches are beginning to fall apart and leak, causing school equipment to be moved around.
“Ceiling tiles would get wet and after [the tile] got so wet, it’d collapse into the rooms and into the hall,” he said. “We’ve been able to move [the equipment] in a timely manner to keep [the leaks] from hurting any computers or books that we have. We’ve moved them to different areas to keep them from being destroyed by the leaking roof.”
White said he’s hopeful to get bids out to area contractors soon so work on the new roof won’t cause a distraction for too long once school starts.
“We think we’ll be able to work during the day as we’ve talked with the architect engineer,” he said. “There might be a little noise on the roof that may cause a little bit of issues, but for the most part it should be quiet enough so it shouldn’t be too much of a distraction for the students.”
White said fixing the school’s roof was at the top of the list of items to be addressed by the bond issue.
“The new roof is the No. 1 priority, and we let [the architects] know that,” he said. “We wanted to make sure if we didn’t have time to do anything else, we wanted to make that roof happen and [the architects] have moved full steam ahead on getting specifications written out and hopefully get those out to several bidders and get the process started as quickly as possible.”