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Central School District maintenance supervisor Dave Dodson looks over an area of exposed floor joists at Henry Hill Elementary School in Independence July 3.
July 10, 2012
INDEPENDENCE -- Tis' the season for deferred maintenance in Central School District.
Contractors have been renovating the interior of Henry Hill Elementary School since mid-June to repair extensive dry rot on the east side of the school.
Crews will also re-roof nearly 4,000 square feet of Central High, which, despite the building's reconstruction in 2010, had a number of leaks this winter.
"We have a lot of things moving and shaking right now," said Mary Knigge, Central's business manager.
The work will be finished before the start of class in early September, Knigge said.
Other maintenance work is happening at Talmadge Middle School -- gymnasium floor -- and Independence Elementary School -- sidewalk repair.
Officials discovered dry rot on the lower interior wall and in flooring on the east side of Henry Hill last year, said Dave Dodson, Central maintenance supervisor.
Custodians were trying to move heavy file cabinets in an office when a handtruck fell through the weakened floor, Dodson said.
Crews have cut open floors to remove and replace damaged joists, beams and framework. Dodson said moisture is infiltrating from somewhere along the foundation.
"It's an old building and it's happened over a long period of time," Dodson said. "It wasn't a water leak that just sprung up yesterday."
The repair bill will total about $350,000, including replacement of carpeting, waterproofing Henry Hill's east facade, and abatement of asbestos and lead paint in affected areas. The district is using an interest-free qualified school construction bond -- not the 2008 bond -- to cover the cost.
Knigge said there is asbestos beneath tile at the 76-year-old facility, but that "as long as we don't disturb what's over the top of it, it's OK (healthwise)."
Contractors have been waiting for dryer weather to replace skylights and repair sections of a leaky roof at Central High, Dodson said.
Skylights above the school's library and a main hallway have leaked for several years. Crews, meanwhile, counted 91 holes in sections of the roof during repair work this past winter, while one area ponds during heavy rain, Dodson said.
"The bulk of that project is going to be where the old parts of the building join with the new ones," Knigge said.
Knigge said skylight repair wasn't part of the more-than $47 million high school reconstruction bondthat area voters approved in 2008.
She's not certain whether a new roof over the entire rebuilt facility -- not just new sections of the high school -- were within the original scope of work.
"I can't answer that, I wasn't part of that process," she said, noting the administrators who oversaw the project no longer work for the district.
Skylight replacement and roof repair will cost $96,400 and $6,000, respectively, Knigge said. The projects will be paid for using part of the remaining $450,000 of the 2008 bond.