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Roof repairs nearing end

Most of a renovation project to roofs across the Brookhaven School District should meet a deadline today, school officials said.

     “Everything is still on track to be completed or substantially completely by (Aug.) 23,” said District Maintenance Director Joe Morgan.

     A district-wide repair project aims to address aging roofs at several school sites and alleviate persistent leaking issues that only threatened to get worse.

     However, an extension has been issued for the Technical Center.

     “There were some unforeseen problems,” Morgan said.

     Rain and other inclement weather slowed the project. Further, additional work was needed on the building roof to address items that weren’t apparent when the deadlines and project bids were prepared, Morgan said.

     Morgan estimated the extension for the Technical Center at about seven days beyond the original deadline.

     On Wednesday, roofers remained busy at work on the Technical Center, continuing to tear up and remove portions of the old roof. Repairs at the Technical Center have been scheduled so as to avoid distracting students.

     “All the work is being done after classes,” Morgan said. “It is not interfering with any class work.”

     The re-roofing project has targeted portions of Mamie Martin Elementary, about half of Lipsey Middle School’s roof, one roof at the Alexander Jr. High campus, portions of Fannie Mullins Alternative School and the entire roof of the Technical Center.

     The Jackson-based Malone Roofing won the bid for the project.

     In February, school district board members allocated $1.5 million to undertake the roofing renovations.

     A school facility study done by a consultant had warned that leaking issues has reached the point where repairs could not wait. A consultant feared buckets collecting water in the classrooms might be needed if another year passed with no action.

     The facility study also warned major infrastructure needs existed throughout the district’s buildings, but school leaders have not publicly discussed what needs they might highlight next for action.