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Willard school roof project finds rot

WARREN — A roof replacement project started this summer at Willard PK-8 School may not get done until next spring after issues arose with items needing replaced and six classrooms were flooded on Labor Day.

Warren schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro said at Tuesday’s board meeting that sheet metal and wood need to be replaced in sections where the roof is being removed for replacement by construction crews.

“Much of what they are removing is damaged and this is slowing down the project,” said Chiaro.

He said the onsite project manager told officials the project will likely take longer to get completed and cost more than anticipated.

“They keep peeling the onion and it seems that the onion is rotten,” Chiaro said.

He said the focus of the $707,000 project on the 12-year-old school has been in the area of the K-2 wing of the building where there has been the greatest level of concern needing to be addressed before winter.

“There is no guarantee at this point the project will be done before winter or it may be extended into spring. Everything needs replaced,” Chiaro said.

He said on Labor Day, when four inches of rain fell, six classrooms were flooded and had water damage.

Chairo, school principals and maintenance staff spent Labor Day working on the water problems.

“We spent Labor Day at the school making sure we had minimal loss at the time on the project,” he said.

Read MORE in Wednesday’s TRIBUNE CHRONICLE

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