CHESTER - The Board of Education has put out to bid its project for a partial roof replacement at Chester Elementary School. Bids from contractors are due next week with the expectation that work will begin on or about July 1 and be substantially completed by Aug. 1, but no later than Aug. 15.
The project is coming one year ahead of schedule. The town had been setting funds annually in a reserve account, expecting to have sufficient funds to undertake the job in the 2014-2015 school year. Instead, the plan is moving forward this summer because an unusual budget year-lower than expected education costs for the Region 4 budget-allowed the town to allocate $54,000 to the reserve account, rather than the expected $27,000. The larger allocation, along with the funds already placed in reserve, is providing all the project financing by July 1 of this year.
The project will replace two sections of roof at the elementary school. James Grzybowski, the school's maintenance head, said the board undertook a roof study a number of years ago. After that, the roof replacement plan divided the entire school building's roof into five sections.
"It was done so that the entire roof would not have to be replaced all at one time," he said.
The roof replacement is part of a planned maintenance schedule, not an emergency, Grzybowski explained. Other sections of the roof were replaced about three years ago. The last two sections, which will be replaced this summer, total about 7,460 square feet. They are the two shingled sections of the roof.
"This will be the final phase of our replacement plan," he said.
The bids from contractors are due June 24, and the Board of Education is set to review them at a meeting that evening. The bid documents require that the contractor be certified by the roofing manufacturer, carry the required liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance, and that the chosen contractor also post the necessary bonds to cover the total cost of the project.