The Tonawanda City School Board heard some unwelcome news Tuesday night, as it was asked to approve a $40,000 work order to repair the roof of Riverview Elementary School because of water leaks.
The news came just as the district is wrapping up its $11.9 million capital project, which included work on the rooftops of Tonawanda’s elementary buildings.
The roof at Riverview was originally supposed to be replaced as part of the capital project last year, but contractors surveyed the tops of both Riverview and Mullen, and the latter was in much worse shape.
The damage to the Mullen roof was extensive, forcing the district to replace it at a cost of more than $170,000 beyond what had been expected. Some repair work was done to the Riverview roof, but not to the entire roof. Officials believe they isolated the leak to an area that had not been replaced or repaired since 1988.
While the board approved the order, several members were not happy about it.
They questioned Paul Maziarz, district facilities director, about the issue.
“We’re having more and more problems,” said board member Robert Starr, who was the lone voter against the work order approval. “Somebody really messed this up, and it wasn’t us. We have to hold somebody responsible,” he said.
“It’s very frustrating,” said board member Sharon Stuart.
Wendel Engineers reportedly scanned the rooftops. Tonawanda schools attorney Chris Trapp asked Maziarz to see the original documentation of the process.
Maziarz said the roof issues would not affect students when they return next week.