BLUFORD – Work crews are well on their way toward completing a major roof replacement at Farrington Grade School north of Bluford.
The project, estimated at $110,000 to $120,000, involves replacing the entire roof on the school's main building and gym, as well as other work, said Superintendent Sandra Kabat. The old roof had been severely damaged by a hail storm in March 2012.
In addition to the roof work, four air-conditioning units and the ceiling tiles are being replaced, Kabat said. The A/C units were damaged by the hail and the ceiling tiles had water damage from leaks in the roof.
“We had a lot of leaks from the hail storm,” Kabat said. “We really didn't notice it until after the freeze and thaw. There was an old membrane that had cracks in it.”
The bulk of the project's cost will be covered by insurance. However, the school district has also received a $50,000 state maintenance grant to help fund the construction.
“Our roof was supposed to be good for several more years, but the hail caused damage,” Kabat said. “It was a blessing that our insurance paid out and we got that maintenance grant. … It's a major undertaking to replace the roof.”
Jewett Roofing Co. out of Greenville is completing the project.
Jake Vandevoorde, Jewett's operations manager, estimated that work will be finished sometime next week. Construction started last week on the two-week project.
“It's about normal,” Vandevoorde said of the time frame. “Most of our jobs run anywhere from five to 10 days. … I think we're still on schedule for them.”
There is a “time crunch” involved as district officials want to have the building ready for students when school starts Aug. 19, Kabat said.
After the roof work is finished, the ceiling tiles will be installed and painted. Then the inside of the school will have to be cleaned up, Kabat said. Currently, everything inside is covered in plastic because of the ongoing roof repairs.
“Just getting everything back in place, we'll probably be right down to the wire,” Kabat said.
Registration at Farrington is today. For more information, contact the school at 755-4414.