Wolf Creek shares fairly positive roof results

WATERFORD – Wolf Creek Local Schools Superintendent Bob Caldwell shared the results of a series of tests recently performed on district buildings with plans to move forward with roof renovations at the board of education’s regular meeting Monday.

The district recently paid $8,200 for Tremco Inc., a roofing manufacturer based in Cleveland, to perform roof inspections on both Waterford High School and Waterford Elementary School.

Core sampling and infrared work were completed recently, and Caldwell said the administration will soon be able to go ahead and enter into the bidding process to make necessary repairs.

“The infrared testing is used to detect moisture within the structures, and we fortunately were only at 1 percent,” Caldwell said. “The core samples showed that the high school roof is holding up better than the elementary.”

Both roofs saw renovation work in 2001, but because the samples turned up fairly positive results, the district will only have to repair portions, rather than building all new roofs.

“They will vacuum loose gravel off and put new sealant around any opening in the roofs where it’d normally deteriorate,” Caldwell said. “I don’t know what the cost will be, whether it’s $100,000 or $150,000, but it is less than a complete retrofit, yet it’s still like new.”

Instead of going through the bidding process directly, Wolf Creek will use its membership with the Metropolitan Education Consortium, which will make initial estimates and then start the bidding process to find local construction and contracting companies on behalf of the district.

“As soon as I give them a go-ahead, they’ll walk it and give us estimates,” Caldwell said. “But it can’t be finished this summer before school starts.”

The board discussed the possibility of waiting until next summer, but has yet to make a final decision about timing.

Seismic Testing

The board also approved entering into a contract with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company to conduct 3D geophysical seismic surveys over the new few months on district property.

The company has been working with the Beverly and Waterford communities for several months on the concept, which is a shock process used to test land for the booming oil and gas industry.

Though stipulations mean that testing must be done 300 feet or more away from school buildings, controversy has surrounded issues relating to foundation damage.

“I’ve seen testing done recently where they went down about 20 feet into the ground and did a very small shock test, and you hardly even notice it,” said board member Roger Doak. “And this means they’ll cover the costs of any damage.”

Because the contract was approved, the district will be paid $624.70 by the company to allow the testing.