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Roof repairs cause headache for district
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By Brian Gray


BRODHEAD - Recent roof repairs at Brodhead High School resulted in water damage throughout the building and electrical problems after screws used in the project hit conduit in the building.

Superintendent Charles Deery said some circuits in the building have shorted out and some of the outlets aren't working properly.

The electrical problems from the project can be found in about two-thirds of the building. Deery said as screws were drilled into the roof, they hit the conduit. Custodians have gone through the building, but Deery said the district won't know the extent of the electrical problem until school starts and teachers begin to use their classrooms.

Deery said the water damage was "scattered" throughout the building, but there was no water damage to the gymnasium floor.

The high school roof was in need of repair for some time, Deery said. The roof leaked in several rooms in the building, he added.

As workers were removing the old roof during the renovation, holes were made, causing more water leaks.

Deery said the new roof was completed about a week and a half ago and there haven't been any leaks in the building.

The cost to fix the problems isn't yet known.

The school district is discussing the issues with the contractor, H.C. Anderson Roofing of Rockton, Ill., to determine what can be done and how much it will cost to make any repairs. It's possible the district could get some money back from the contractor, Deery said. He didn't know when the district would finish discussing the problems with the H.C. Anderson, but said the school board will receive an update about the problems at its Aug. 11 meeting.

Repairs on the roof began in June. The board authorized the project at its June meeting at a cost of about $500,000.

Deery said the roof has a 25-year warranty.

"Despite all of the problems, we have a good product up there," Deery said.

The original roof on the high school, which was built in 1995, had a 15-year warranty. The roof had started to leak and was in need of repair. Roof repair was part of the April referendum, which failed. The district extended payments for the new roof for several years to lessen the project's yearly costs.