REEDSPORT — School roofs are on tap to have sections — some of them entire portions — replaced. Superintendent Dan Forbess spoke of the urgency of the need at the Dec. 13 board meeting.

Referring to Reedsport Community Charter School, Forbess said he was "flabbergasted a how many five gallon buckets are in our school."

"Buckets overflowing," the superintendent said. "I don't like having water and mold in classrooms."

"We solicited bids," he said, adding that one roof section was on the 2008 bond.

The bid came in at about $67,000.

Board members, working closely with Forbess, budgeted $300,000 for building maintenance needs several years ago for just such an emergency.

"We had about eight contractors contacted," he said.

In a Jan. 3 interview, Forbess provided updates on how work was proceeding.

District officials selected Rainy Day Construction to do the labor at RCCS.

"In fact they've got most of it torn off," the superintendent said of the Reedsport firm. "I think he's replaced about 15 sheets of roofing."

The district went out for a bond in 2008 for about $10 million. Part of that was to replace roofs at what was then called the high school and remodeling at the school as well as roof work at Highland.

One can see workers replacing roofing from Highway 101 or along Longwood. The specific area sits over classrooms by the front office.

Although the roof work at RCCS was originally on the 2008 bond, it had to be cut from the initial proposal he said.

"And it (the roof replacement) was put to the side and put to the side," Superintendent Forbess added.

Fortunately for RCCS students and staff, the school board set aside $300,000 for building contingency needs. That's where this money's coming from.

In the case of RCCS, all roofs have to have ventilation. For the charter school when laborers originally installed the roof and vent, rain blew water under the roof vent. Once water gets between the roof and sheeting then wicking occurs and water spreads.

"It was just awful," he said of the water overflow.

Forbess took a big picture look at the economic climate.

"Here's a sign of the times that the economy's doing better," he said.

Six years ago for example, one might have had two or three quotes for this type of work.

Now by comparison "everybody's busy." Interest rates are lower, "the (economic) climate is better" but as Forbess emphasized "it's been that way for several years now."

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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