DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

April 10, 2014

Londonderry school roofs eyed for repairs

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — After voters supported a $4 million school maintenance bond at the polls last month, officials are lining up school roofing projects to begin this summer.

District facilities director Chuck Zappala addressed the School Board April 1 and said it’s time to award the bid and get ready to go.

The board approved giving a three-year project to Therrien Roof and Sheet Metal Company of Manchester at a cost of $2.1 million. That will cover extensive roof work at Londonderry Middle School, the high school and Moose Hill School.

Work will begin this summer.

The project will be done over the course of three seasons when school is out for the summer.

Zappala said Therrien gave the best bid and was a reputable firm to do the job well.

This summer will kick off with the most dire roof in need at the middle school. The high school will also get some roofing work done this year.

In the summer of 2015, another portion of the high school roof will be on the list for work including spots over the lobby area.

In 2016, Zappala said, it would be Moose Hill’s turn.

Weather will always be a factor, Zappala said. Work won’t begin until school is out and then will finish up by Labor Day.

Zappala said the district is saving money by making the roof work a longer project.

In addition to the roof work, the bond will pay for other projects, including paving work at various schools.

Zappala said the priority list for work could change as district officials do a regular roof evaluation twice a year.

“That could shift the order of work,” he said.

Residents gave a big vote of school support at the polls last week approving all warrant articles and saying OK to a $4 million bond to repair and renovate district buildings and property.

Now, the planning and prioritizing begins.

District business administrator Peter Curro said it’s time to put the most dire work on the priority list and plan the timeframe to get started.

Major projects on the list for this summer’s schedule are paving the Matthew Thornton Elementary School parking lot, roofing work at the middle school, and some other roofing repairs at the high school.

“Those are the three big ones this summer,” Curro said.

Other smaller projects might also find themselves on the work order list for 2014.

Curro said the district is already working with contractors to plan some work over the course of several years, especially when it comes to roofing improvements.

He said all the financial information and costs would come before the School Board for approval.

By phasing in the jobs over a few years, he said, the district could save money in the long run.

Scheduling the work is a challenge; most jobs have to be done during school vacation months.

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