Central Elementary School's gym roof is going to have a facelift, which may help protect new floors and central air units recently installed in the gym.
"There are a couple places in the roof with holes as big as my fist," said Buster Flowers, supervisor of transportation and school security for the Webster Parish School Board (WPSB). "When the metal roof was installed, slivers of sheet metal were left after holes were drilled for screws. The screws were put in, and the slivers of metal were the first to rust.
"Over the course of time, the rusted slivers gave way to let the area around them rust," he continued. "Now anywhere you have a screw, you have rust."
All screws will be replaced and the rust removed before adding new, larger screws to compensate for the rusted areas. A rubber mat will then be sprayed over the top of the entire roof to help protect the roof from rusting again.
"This type of roof has been put in on roofs in Claiborne Parish gyms, and they have seen great results," Superintendent Steve Dozier said. "The roof has lived past its life span and it is time to make repairs."
Board member Jerry Lott said the roof would have been installed around 1982.
The contract with Gibbs & Son Roofing Company for $9,500 includes a two year workmanship warranty on the power washing of the roof, replacing screws, repairing rusted areas, installing membrane, caulk and elastomeric coatings, and repairing all end lap seams with elastomeric coatings.
A five-year warranty on workmanship was offered if the entire roof was covered with two applications of elastomeric coating at an additional cost of $13,950. Manufacturer warranties are available at an additional cost, but the board did not vote to approve that purchase.
Other items passed at the meeting include:
Pay Squires Electric $4,622 for work done to lights near at Lakeside School;
Purchase of cafeteria table for North Webster Junior high School with Sarepta Building funds for $14,922;
Permission to purchase an oven at North Webster Junior High School;
Tree removal at Richardson Elementary for $3,200;
Purchase and install a new computer lab at Minden High School for $51,645 (look for more information on this item in future issues of the Minden Press-Herald);
Purchase a five-year service contract with Schindler Plus for elevators at Minden High School and Webster Junior High;
Purchase new laminating machine at Lakeside school for $1800 with District 3 Consolidated funds;
Purchase Windows client access license for $43,375;
Approve Minden High School's Dual Enrollment American History class, Louisi-Annes and Quiz Bowl to take various field trips.