by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—School Board members on Monday voted 5-1 to approve temporary roof repairs at John Shields Elementary School.
Board member Gale Pavlak voted “no” on the item.
A document from Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent of business, states that significant problems in the school’s roof were discovered during a recent repair process.
“The crux of the problem is that the fasteners/clips that hold the metal panels onto the roof are disintegrating, which leaves these metal panels at risk for blowing off,” Fuchs states in the document.
A temporary solution to the roof problem is necessary because the district will not be able to permanently repair the roof prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year. Steve Hougsted of ARCON, the district’s architect, was in attendance at the meeting, and outlined the board’s options for a permanent repair next summer.
According to a document from ARCON, the three repair options involve about 25,000 square feet of roof area (the school’s total roof area is 61,600 square feet). Option one would involve the removal and reuse of every third panel in order to “repair existing underlayment and resecure existing plywood and panels,” with a total projected cost of $238,078.80; option two would involve the removal and reuse of all panels, with a projected cost of $417,163.20; and option three would involve replacement of all panels, with a projected cost of $444,630.
“These options will come back to the board in August for approval to put them out to bid,” Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “It is likely that the board will put two options out to bid so that they have all the information they need to make an informed decision regarding the roof repair.”
According to Fuchs’ document, ARCON sought out two estimates for the temporary repair work—the lower of which was $15,760.
“(There is) some concern with needing to spend money on a temporary repair knowing work has to be done the following summer,” Schuler said. “We have the same concern, but unfortunately there just is not time to get the full project done without having people on the roof working while school is in session and kids are in the building. That is not a good option for us.”