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Roof leaks delay moves at Ignacio schools
By Carole McWilliams
Times senior staff writer
Ignacio's almost finished new elementary school suffered water damage from roof leaks in late November. Repairs have pushed back the date for students to start classes there.
They were supposed to move in on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with teachers there the day before.
Now the plan is for students to start classes on Jan. 6 in their current locations, grades K-3 at the old elementary school downtown, and grades 4-5 at the old junior high.
The move to the new school is postponed to the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 3, with no elementary grade classes during that time.
Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto said classes for them will start on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Students will be bused to the new school with their stuff that morning, with a ribbon cutting for them at noon and another ribbon cutting that evening for the community.
He reported on the situation to the school board on Dec. 12.
"The week before Thanksgiving at the elementary (school), the roof wasn't completely sealed, and there was some rain damage. We didn't think it was as bad as it was. We toured the building Monday with RTA (the building architects)," he said.
"It seemed like it was flat where they (contractors) put the (roof) membrane. It leaked in the valleys. They had to take all that drywall off. They don't want to re-do that until they know the roof is sealed. They'll run fans to dry everything."
School furnishings were supposed to be delivered on Dec. 16 and will have to be stored in a Zircon and the district warehouse, Fuschetto said.
All the repair and storage costs will fall on the general contractor, Okland, he said. "All this delay is their mistake, not ours, and the cost is on them, their risk insurance."
He continued, "After I saw the damage, their goal is for us to get a TCO on Jan. 20 so we can move the furniture."
This delay has ripple effects for high school students, who were supposed to move into the old elementary school downtown after grades K-3 moved out.
"We think the high school move will be Feb. 13-14, and start classes on Feb. 18," Fuschetto said. "The disclaimer is it all depends on the weather. If we have another bad storm and they can't finish that roof."
Three contractors have pre-qualified to do the renovation and new construction at the high school, including Okland and middle school general contractor FCI, Fuschetto said.
Bids are due on Jan. 9, with school board approval at their Jan. 16 meeting, he said.
There will be a separate contract for asbestos removal that has to happen before any demolition or construction starts. A building tour with asbestos removal contractors was scheduled for Dec. 18, Fuschetto said.
The central part of the main building (west of the cafeteria and gym) will be demolished and re-built with a performing arts auditorium, art classroom area, and cafeteria.
The old part of the junior high also will be demolished, except for the gym.
There are things at the new mid school that need to be fixed, and some things that can't be fixed, Fuschetto advised. FCI is aware of those. They will replace a ramp that has cracked and (after school gets out in May) refinish the gym floor. Counter tops have been finished, but the district was still waiting on cabinet doors, he said.
Fuschetto noted that the delay in moving to the elementary school will give third graders only three weeks to settle in before they take TCAP 3rd grade reading tests. All other TCAP tests will be given in March.
Elementary school principal Karl Herr said teachers are anxious about TCAP because they are losing class days before the test dates.
Fuschetto said, "They asked me today about the bid schedule. You push one thing back, and everything gets behind."
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