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Cuts in school budget could cost J-D taxpayers

"If you have been maintaining roofs well, you can expect at least the warranty duration," said Spina. "I have been on some roofs that are 50 years old and are fine. Usually the sun and the heat elements make it to a point where anything wears out but I have been on roofs well past warranty period and they are still performing very well . If you do regular maintenance and look at the roof two to three times a year and address issues you see, you can expect it to last a lot longer than if it is just out of sight out of mind. School districts with better maintenance usually get better performance."

When the roofs do begin to fail, the board has several options. According to Murphy, there is significant funds in the capital reserve for the district to make small section repairs if a roof begins to fail, but a large-scale project would have to go to the taxpayers for approval.

"We'd take it to taxpayers either as a secondary referendum or as part of the budget and they would have to vote approval," Murphy said. "That's in a typical scenario."

Although the warranties don't expire for several years, the facilities committee has to begin planning now. The entire cost does not fall to the district. As a capital improvement project, the roof replacement would be partially reimbursed by State of New York based on the state aide ratio. The facilities committee at the school has already begun looking at roof replacement and the Ashley McGraw Architects have begun the early stages of formulating a plan, according to Steve Busa of Ashley McGraw Architects.

At the facilities committee meeting, several other possible future roof projects were discussed.

"One of the gentleman (Mr. Larsen) who came to meet with us was the (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specialist and he talked to us about a photo voltaic array, which are solar panels," said Murphy.

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