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Schenectady school roof repair put on hold

Schenectady school roof repair put on hold

As if Schenectady didn’t have enough headaches with state funding, a delay is preventing the school

As if Schenectady didn’t have enough headaches with state funding, a delay is preventing the school district from fixing the roof of Paige Elementary School this summer.

The state Department of Education has not yet approved the project, Superintendent Laurence Spring said.

Even if the state acts soon, Spring said it would be too late to get bids and finish the work before school starts.

“We’ve kind of passed our window on that,” he said.

He advised the Board of Education at its Wednesday meeting to put off the project until next summer.

“It’s probably just wisest for us to make the roof water-tight this year and go out to bid in the spring,” he said.

Doing some work on the roof this summer to get through the next school year would be cheaper than fixing the roof this fall, Spring said.

“It would mean doing it second shift, which would mean paying a premium, because we won’t do roof work while kids are in the building,” he said.

The board agreed to wait until next summer.

But the board was able put in motion one part of the $70 million renovations project. Members approved bids to reconstruct the boiler at Steinmetz, the district’s smaller high school.

Board members were enthusiastic to finally get started on the project, which was approved by voters in March.

“We’re underway!” said school board President Cathy Lewis.

Work will start Friday, Spring said.

In March, the board hopes to get work started at Mont Pleasant and Oneida middle schools. They represent the bulk of the renovations project.

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