Roofs atop Bourne Public Schools seem to always leak. The condition of roofs continues to plague both the district and the capital outlay committee to the point of frustration.
There is growing capital spending panel consternation coming off the recent completion of roof replacements at the high school, continuing deterioration of roof sections at the middle school and leaks at the new intermediate school; not yet a year old and still not accepted by its building committee.
School district Business Services Director Jordan Geist has forwarded to the committee a Gale Associates report about middle school roof conditions and needs.
â€śThat report is scary,â€ť noted capital outlay member John Redman.
And board member John Oâ€™Brien, the former Bourne superintendent, said roof issues represent a never-ending saga of sorts. He said he remains distressed by the fact â€śthat so much of the work was done incorrectly.”
To me, thatâ€™s disturbing,” he said.
Capital Outlay Chairman Mary Jane Mastrangelo said an appropriate discussion is needed with Geist. She said the middle school situation involves engineering and design issues.
â€śItâ€™s a very complex issue,â€ť Mastrangelo said. â€śThereâ€™s a lot of questions. This project needs an ownerâ€™s project manager. And the issues of the (building) solar panels also needs discussion.â€ť
Mastrangelo said it now appears that for a middle school roof project to proceed during the summer of 2021, feasibility, design, advertising and other bidding would have to get under way procedurally pretty soon.
â€śThe tough thing with the middle school roof is that it isnâ€™t 25 years old yet,â€ť she said. â€śIt canâ€™t go to the (Massacusetts School Building Authority) for assistance. There is the roof situation itself. And there are its related aspects as well. We need a full facilities assessment.â€ť
In wider scope, she said, the panel should push for an update on school district roof warranties to determine what work is covered and what is not, as well as to learn the firms that undertook the work and are still in business and those that are not.
There was some committee consensus that middle school roof work might not evolve until the summer of 2022. Conditions at the building have been made known to the school committee in graphic terms.
Geist has repeatedly stressed the point that they are dire. And one teacher told the school board last month that the Gale review of the building didnâ€™t visit her classroom, which has leaked for years.