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E. Grand School board awards $200,000 contract to fix MPHS roof

Tonya Bina
tbina@skyhidailynews.com
Grand County, CO Colorado

The floor in the Middle Park High School gymnasium has started to buckle from water damage suffered during the June 30 wind storm and subsequent heavy rains. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News

Roof work is about to start on the Middle Park High School, which is none too soon for custodians Mark Farling and John Wenninger.

Ever since the June microburst that ripped away part of the high school’s roof that covers half of the old gymnasium, Farling and Wenninger have been trying to protect the gym floor from further damage.

“Anytime it rains” – even if its in the middle of the night – “they’re not in bed,” said East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas.

Instead, the custodial staff is up monitoring the gym floor with mops and machinery, “trying to keep moisture off as best we can,” Karas said.

Plastic covers the gap in the roof, but leaks manage to get through. The custodians work in the gym during times of rain, and Granby has had its share of rain the past three weeks.

“They’ve done a wonderful job of trying to maintain the integrity of the floor,” Karas said.

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The school district’s insurance company has finalized work on the roof, the cost of which is $200,000. Once the building is dried and sealed, work will start on repairing the gymnasium floor, which is well-used instructional space during the school year.

At the July 19 East Grand School Board meeting, the board authorized work to be done without seeking bids due to the project’s immediacy.

East Grand’s policy is to seek bids on work costing greater than $25,000, but since that process can take 3 to 12 weeks, Karas said, the board can elect to “bypass the policy in situations like this when time is of the essence.”

The insurance company enlisted The Roofing Company of Granby to assess the roof; that company will also be doing the work.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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