More roof replacements could be on the way in North Kitsap School District

POULSBO — Gordon Elementary School may have a new roof before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

Dave Dyess, the district’s director of facilities and maintenance, explained the aged, leaking roof’s condition to the North Kitsap School Board on Feb. 27. There is enough money set aside in this year's budget for maintenance to cover the cost, if the board chooses to move ahead with the project.

The estimated $410,000 expense is a lot of money, Dyess said. However, replacing a roof is a lot less than spending $20 million to $25 million to rebuild a ruined school, he said.

The biggest leak in Gordon's roof is above the staff lounge, Dyess said. A blue tarp — visible in a Google Maps satellite image — covers a large portion of the roof.

The problem is similar to that of Vinland Elementary's old roof, which was replaced over 2013 summer break. At Gordon, shingle nails have backed out of the roof, leaving holes for water to enter. Water enters the holes and seeps into the building.

Gordon's roof should have lasted about 30 years, but because of the improper installation it failed after about 20, Dyess said. The roof is past warranty. Some areas, such as the southern portion of the roof, are degrading faster because of weather exposure.

The maintenance department will go out for bids on the project and return to the school board with cost estimates. It is up to the board to approve the project.

In addition to roof replacement, Dyess said he will recommend installing roof tie-offs. The tie-offs, used to anchor people and avoid falls, are required by the district's insurance provider. However, tie-offs were not installed on many of the district’s school roofs, Dyess said. The cost is "minimal," he said.

If approved by the board, Gordon will be the second school to have its roofed replaced since Dyess joined the district staff during the 2012-13 school year. Dyess was only on staff for a few weeks when he got started on replacing roofs.Gordon's roof will not be the last, either.

Roofs at Pearson Elementary, Kingston Middle School and the North Kitsap Auxiliary Gymnasium are all in need of repair or replacement.

Because it will cost loss to put another coating on Pearson’s roof, it is most likely going to follow the Gordon project. It's going to be "a fraction" of what it will cost to fix the roof at KMS, Dyess said.

Pearson reported leaking in about two or three classrooms and in a hallway  during a recent rainstorm, according to Dyess. The roof is at its life expectancy, but re-roofing it will add about 10 years.

The middle school's west wing roof has a tarp over it, also visible on Google Map's satellite imagery. The front building is mostly membrane roofing which has about two years left in its lifespan, Dyess said. A new roof for the middle school will cost an estimated $540,000. Dyess said metal roofing is an option, which will hold up through the middle school's life expectancy, but that will add about 30 percent to the cost.

Roof overhangs at the high school auxiliary gym are rotting. That can be taken care of in the near future with money currently available, according to Dyess.

When Dyess began working at the district, he found roofs at about half of the schools were in "really good shape." The other half need "some serious money to protect," he said.


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