The Washington Times-Herald

March 21, 2014

New roof coming to Griffith Elementary

By Mike Grant
Times Herald

---- — The leaky roof at Griffith Elementary will be replaced this summer. The Washington School Board accepted a $782,000 bid Thursday to replace almost all of the roof on the building. Southern Roofing out of Columbus will be doing the work. The bid included all alternates.

"This is a very good bid," said Director of Transportation and Facilities Gary Puckett. "We were anticipating something a lot higher. We got the best of both worlds, a good company that turned in a good price."

"The winter may have worked in our favor," said Superintendent Daniel Roach. "It looks like the construction companies were looking for work and turned in a lower price."

Southern was the second low bidder of five companies on the project. "Nutec was lower, but they did not bid on the warranty, and that disqualified them," said Roach.

"Southern's bid included a 20-year warranty which gives us an assurance in case something goes wrong," added Puckett.

The work will cover 63,000 square feet and include all of the roof except for the part that is shingled. School officials say the new roof is badly needed. "We had it assessed and 75 percent of it needed immediate attention," said Roach. "The damage and leakage over the roof caused some Saturday basketball games at Griffith to be moved. We lost computers because of the leaks and water damage."

The new roof will be paid for out of a $1.9 million bond issue approved earlier this year. "The work is scheduled to begin on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, which is the last day of classes and be substantially completed by August 1. "They have been made very aware of the tight time schedule," said Puckett.

School officials say the project comes down to taking care of the facilities for the students. "You need to take care of your investments and that includes the buildings," said Roach.

In other business the school board heard a report on the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities Program from student Albert Carreon, and accepted the retirements of Junior High art teacher Karen Ferguson, High School family and consumer science teacher Janet Eaton and elementary school nurse Janet Wilkins at the end of the school year.

The board accepted the resignation of Brett Matteson as junior varsity volleyball coach and Paige Rohrer as cheerleader coach. They appointed Kendra Veale as High School assistant softball coach and Troy Zollars as Junior High golf coach.

The board also added two courses to the curriculum, Radio and Television One and Two, and Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education.