Roof leaks at ES being repaired

The roof on the Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School is being resealed by a construction company to fix leaks. The start of school won’t be impacted by this project.

Heavy rain in late July and August caused water leaks to the ceilings in the school gymnasium and library. When the leaks were discovered, the district worked to repair them in-house, but it became apparent that the roof would need to be resealed.

The Board of Education met for a special meeting on Aug. 20 and awarded the contract to Independent Construction of Pennsylvania. The company submitted a low bid of $55,000 that will be paid out of the district’s repair reserve fund.

“This type of emergency project is exactly the reason why the district established a repair reserve fund,” Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ciaccio said. “It’s just like owning a home. Sometimes you have to make repairs, but we’re financially prepared for these types of situations.”

It is expected the gymnasium will be fully operational by the first day of school. If the library isn’t ready, students will instead go to the school’s computer lab.

The elementary school’s roof is nearly 18-years-old, as it is the original roof from when the building was constructed in 2001. During the district’s capital project in 2015, the roofs on the middle school and high school were repaired for the first time in nearly 30 years. At that time, architects determined the elementary school roof was sound, so work was instead planned to address urgent repairs on the other two buildings.