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Roofers Race To Meet First Day Deadline

03/09/2013 01:15PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

A worker on the roof at Midland Park Junior-Senior High School on Sept. 3.

Teachers returned to Midland Park Junior-Senior High School today to the smell of tar and the sound of workboots overhead, as workers put in an 11th hour effort to complete partial roof replacements before students return on Friday.

The roof work, part of a $955,075 second question approved by voters in the April School Board elections, was initially anticipated to be completed at all three schools over the summer vacation, however the projects were delayed for various reasons.

The work at MPHS began Aug. 16 by Safeway Contracting of Mountainside. The $688,000 contract was awarded at the end of June. In July, Safeway was also awarded the contract for Highland School, which included additional work to fortify the building's parapets. The contract for $294,000 came in lower than expected, which freed up $100,000 for an additional section of the high school roof to be replaced.  

As of Tuesday, Safeway's contractors were working steadily at the high school, but there was no sign that work had begun at Highland School — no workers, no dumpster and no stacks of materials. Officials last anticipated a project start-date of Aug. 26. 

Meanwhile, across the street at Godwin School, the work appears to be completed. No workers were on the scene at Godwin School on Tuesday, however an overflowing dumpster was evidence of the work already done. E.R. Barrett Inc. of Newark began the $248,835 project on Aug. 14. District officials could not be reached for confirmation that the work was completed.  

At the Aug. 20 School Board Meetings, officials said work at both Godwin and MPHS were contracted to be complete by Sept. 6. Highland School roof work will be done during off hours and not while the students are in school. 

Once this work is finished, both elementary schools' roofs will have been replaced in their entirety and the high school will have a remaining 16,500 square-foot of roof to replace, which should cost approximately $240,000, school officials said.  The new roofs have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.
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