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South Callaway looks at facilities planning

South Callaway looks at facilities planning

January 9th, 2014 in News

The South Callaway School Board had an eye on the future Wednesday night as Superintendent Kevin Hillman advised members of the need to start planning for facility improvements.

Hillman outlined a few of the potential areas of concern for the district in coming years, noting the board needs to develop short-term and long-term plans to account for making various repairs and upgrades.

"The biggest area we (Hillman and Director of Maintenance Hal Dooley) were scared about is the middle school/elementary school roof - it's our oldest building, it's our oldest roof," Hillman said.

He noted that part of the concern lay in the fact that the 20-section middle school/elementary school roof system is "very cobbled" with repairs and replacement having been made at various spots over the years.

"There is a 15-year span from the oldest applications to the newest," Hillman said. "We're going to have to make some adjustments, but ... we have a five-year window where we're in good shape. (But) on the other side of that window we may get into some substantial costs."

He said there are a few minor leaks around the building, but an inspection showed that the insulation in the roof is not saturated - if it was the district would be looking at completely tearing off and replacing the roof now.

Now that records have been sorted out and inspections have been made - giving district officials a good idea of the age, condition and applicable warranties on the middle school/elementary school roof - Hillman said he is satisfied it is in good enough shape for now.