School roofs, old Midway gym next up for repairs — Sampson Independent -

Following three state-of-the-art school roof replacements, money left over in a county capital account will allow a few other necessary repairs within Sampson County Schools to be made.

In a recent meeting, the Sampson County Board of Commissioners signed off on a request for the school to utilize a portion of what remains from a $452,250 school roof funding allocation to Sampson County Schools in October 2013.

The board previously approved that allocation to replace roofs for the Roseboro-Salemburg Middle gymnasium, Union Intermediate gymnasium and the Hobbton High School gymnasium areas.

Lou Nelon, executive director of Auxiliary Services for SCS, said the three schools now have totally new, state-of-the-art roofing systems, and now a few other areas were being eyed for similar upgrades.

Nelon said the school system was very diligent in carrying out the roofing projects, managing to complete them under budget.

These improvements to our infrastructure will help ensure the effectiveness of these facilities and greatly impact the quality of education Sampson County students receive for a very long time, Nelon said.

And with those necessary repairs coming in at a cost of $396,634, nearly $56,000 was left, he noted.

We had allocated approximately $452,000. Based on the bids it was a pretty competitive market when (bids) came in, the money was less, county manager Ed Causey stated. Based on policy, the money goes back into that capital account unless there is a further use.

Nelon said there was.

While these three roofing needs were our most critical and had the most direct impact on our students, Nelon noted, we have other significant roofing needs in our system that must be addressed. We can use those unspent funds already allocated for three roofs for a few other critical needs.

He requested approval to use a portion of the remaining funds $37,000 to make needed repairs to replace three roofs at the Plant Operations Complex, totaling $15,000, and resurface the Old Midway Elementary gymnasium, totaling $22,000, to extend the life of those facilities.

Specifically, at our Plant Operations Complex, we have three buildings that house our fabrication work shop, HVAC warehouse (and) service building, and multipurpose service building. These are original building roofs and would cost an estimated $15,000 to replace, he remarked. In addition, the gymnasium roof at the Old Midway Elementary School is as old and worn as the gymnasium roofs were at Roseboro Middle and Union Intermediate.

Along with the Telamon Head Start contract at that Midway location, the facility houses the school systems migrant programs, and the gymnasium is utilized by the Recreation Department to serve the community.

While it is far too expensive to replace that gymnasium roof, we do believe it is worth a major resurfacing to extend the life of that roof an addition 15-20 years at a cost of approximately $22,000, Nelon remarked.

The old Midway Elementary gym was built in approximately 1960.

If I do something with it now, I can get another 10 years out of it. If I dont, its going to be in total disrepair. The other three buildings at the Plants Operations Complex, again built in 1960, was the old school bus garage. Those are original tin roofs.

The board unanimously authorized the school systems use of $37,000 of previously allocated funds for roof repairs as requested, leaving $18,616 unspent.

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