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District hoping roof work won’t delay school

Photo by Greg Bird Crews continue to install a new roof on Pine Knot Primary School. Setbacks have raised concerns over a possible delay to start the school year, but the company believes the work will be done in time.

Photo by Greg Bird
Crews continue to install a new roof on Pine Knot Primary School. Setbacks have raised concerns over a possible delay to start the school year, but the company believes the work will be done in time.

Heavy rains and water damage have caused some issues for the roof replacement project underway at Pine Knot Independent School, but Acting Superintendent Mike Cash says he has assurances from the contractor it will not force a delay to the start of the coming school year.

The project kicked off in June, with crews removing old, moldy insulation from sections of the school before tearing out sections of the old roof and preparing to install a new roof as a replacement.

The original schedule for the project did have weather-related delays factored in to the time frame for the project, but large amounts of rainfall, particularly over the Fourth of July weekend slowed work, and even caused some water damage inside the school as contractors removed portions of the roof without replacement materials on site.

The contractor’s insurance will cover the damages and will not affect the overall cost to the District, Cash said.

Despite the setbacks, Cash said Monday that all the information he has been given to this point does not point to having to delay the start of the next school year.

“There have been some bumps in the road,” Cash said. “But I have been in constant communication with the architect and contractor, and they say everything is on schedule.”

To make up lost time, crews have been working extra shifts and even on weekends to get the roof in place for the planned August 19 start date of school.

Cash, who was not part of the initial planning for the project, quickly immersed himself into the workings after being named Acting Superintendent earlier this month, to make sure the project would be kept to schedule.

“They definitely know who I am by now,” he quipped.

Cash has made nearly daily phone calls to the owner of the roofing company contracted to do the work and visits on site to keep updated on the progress.

Despite assurances that the work would be completed in time for the 2015-16 school year, Cash stated he was keeping all options open for possible setbacks.

More information will be available following the School Board meeting next Tuesday when the architect and contractor will give the Board an update on the project, and the Board is prepared to discuss possible contingency plans if need be.

Other projects underway throughout the district are on pace to be completed on schedule as well, Cash added.

The gym floor replacement at McCreary Central is ongoing, with the old floor removed and waiting on delivery of the new floor. The project is expected to wrap up by the end of August, but won’t impact the start of the school year.

Engineers are also expected to begin final planning on the floor settlement issue at McCreary Middle this week, with the project starting soon.

Additionally, work on completing pre-school classrooms at Whitley City Elementary and Pine Knot Primary School are on schedule, Cash said.

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