Stonington school roof replacement to start July 1

Stonington - The $1.2 million project to replace the leaky Deans Mill School roof is slated to begin July 1 and be completed by Sept. 1, according to a "very aggressive" timeline released by Superintendent of School Van Riley.

In a memo to school staff and parents, Riley said that from today until June 30, school officials will complete the design, prepare and process the forms required for partial state reimbursement, meet with local and state officials, seek bids and hire a contractor, among other tasks.

"This is a very aggressive timeline. Depending on the workload as at the state, some items may take longer. The architect has confirmed that, if necessary, construction can take place during the school year after school dismissal each day. We will move as quickly as possible to complete the project prior to the beginning of school," Riley wrote in his letter.

School is slated to begin on Aug. 27.

The town has selected Jacunski Humes Architects LLC as the architect for the project. The firm also worked on the high school renovation and expansion project and has assisted the town on planning a similar project for the elementary schools.

In March, residents voted to spend $1.2 million to fix the roof. The expenditure will not increase the current budget or tax rate, as the money is being taken from the town's more than $11 million undesignated fund balance, which is designed to help the town deal with emergencies. State reimbursement is expected to offset some of the cost. Riley said that could be more than $200,000.

A large group of Deans Mill staff and parents had pressed town and school officials to fix the problem. Tarps now hang from leaky ceilings in the school to collect water and drain them through hoses into trash buckets.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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