Roof Replacements To Be Completed By Sept. 6
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Partial roof replacements at all three schools are expected to be completed before the first day of school on Sept. 6, according to School Business Administrator Stacy Garvey. "The work is beginning shortly," she added.
At the July 23 meeting of the Midland Park Board of Education, officials awarded the final contract for the work at Highland School. The contracts for Midland Park Junior-Senior High School and Godwin School were awarded at the June 25 meeting. The work involves a compete tear off and replacement of roof sections at each school.
In April, voters approved $955,075 for partial roof replacements at all three schools. The work involves a compete tear-off and replacement of roof sections at the schools. When finished, the roof replacements at Highland and Godwin Schools will be completed in entirety, while the high school roof will have another 20 percent left to be replaced, Trustee Robert Schiffer reported at the meeting.
At Highland School, the district awarded a contract to Safeway Contracting, Inc. for $294,000 to replace the roof and secure the parapets. The work to be done includes the entire roof with the exception of the gymnasium addition that was built in 2005.
The Godwin School contract was awarded to E. R. Barrett, Inc. for $248,835 to replace the majority of the roof, with the exception of the section over the Bergen County Special Services wing that was built about 10 years ago and the section at front of the school, which was replaced last summer.
The contract for Midland Park Junior-Senior High was awarded to Safeway Contracting for $688,000. The project will replace 19,000 square feet of the high school roof. Roughly 38,000 square feet of the building's roof have been replaced since 2004. An additional 43,000 square feet will still need to be completed.
The total price tag of the work exceeds the additional $955,075 in funds the voters approved in April by about $275,000. The difference will be made up using surplus funds from the 2012-13 budget. According to Garvey, the district had a surplus of approximately $400,000 at the end of the year, which was transferred to the Capital Reserve Fund. On July 23, the board transfered $315,000 of that money back to the general budget to be used for the high school roof.
"The board had planned to use Capital Reserve money from the beginning to do additional sections of the high school roof, above the $955,075 approved by the voters," Garvey explained. "Work is beginning shortly and is expected to be completed before school starts."