NSCSD deals with emergency roof repair at GRM

Quotes and bids to be authorized by school board

The fading structure of the Gillette Road Middle School roof was discussed during the Nov. 16 North Syracuse Central School District board of education meeting. The roof and curtain wall system underwent some repairs during a hefty renovation project done on the entire school about five years ago, according to NSCSD Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin.

The school building was built in 1964, and with repairs done only a few years ago, Melvin and the board believe that it's most necessary to get a good finishing bid and "get the job done before winter hits."

"We would have to get this done within the next two to three weeks," Melvin said. "We must move quickly."

Contractors have been repairing sections of the curtain wall system over the past few weeks while the board is authorizing the waive of quotes and bids since the task is in a state of emergency for the safety of the district's students and staff.

Melvin said there is excessive water leaking into the building, and any snowfall will only further the damage and lessen the chance for a successful repair. Dennis Spina of Bell and Spina has developed a roof modification cap has been developed to for the existing roof, which was replaced during the renovations in 2004, according to Wayne Bleau, NSCSD assistant superintendent for management.

Bleau advised the board to continue utilizing Diamond Roofing's services to finish the job. However, Diamond Roofing's contract has expired and to use them further, the board must waive quote-bid requirements. The board will go forward with the waiver in order to finish the project before the winter season.

District audit results

The NSCSD recently underwent a district-wide audit by the state comptroller. Melvin said the full audit results and the district's corrective action plan would be made public by Nov. 20 at the latest.

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