QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board cleared the way Friday for roof replacement work to begin in June at Quincy Junior High School, but how long the work will take still needs to be determined.
Board members accepted the low bid of $1.173 million from Lakeside Roofing of Collinsville for a 30-year thermoplastic olefin, or TPO, membrane roof for the entire building except for the gym and the auditorium.
The required health life safety roof work will begin June 1 and end by Oct. 15 -- over either one or two summers. Lakeside's price was the same whether the work was done this year or continued into next year.
Board member Richard McNay supported a two-year time frame for the project to avoid "rushing" the contractor to finish the project while doors are replaced at QJHS and street work is planned on Maine between 12th and 14th.
The project calls for removing the existing three layers of roofing and adding four or five inches of insulation to meet new energy codes before installing the new roof material.
"If we spread it out over two years, maybe he doesn't have to go to Oct. 15. Maybe he cuts out on Sept. 1, and we don't have the inconvenience," McNay said. "That way we don't run into the school year so much."
Superintendent Roy Webb said the timeline doesn't have to be determined right now but could be decided after starting work with the contractor.
If the contractor is close to finishing things up by October, "it would almost be nicer" to wrap up the project this year, Webb said.
"That way we're not having to go through all that next year," he said.
Todd Moore and Isaac Miller with Architechnics agreed it might be in the district's best interest to finish the work this year, but they'll talk with Lakeside.
"The main thing is we don't want to hurry him," Moore said "If he says two years, that's great. If he says. ‘I'll throw 50 guys on it and get it done according to the plans and specs,' that would be good, too. This contractor may not realize everything else going on at the site."
With the junior high roof work to begin soon, board member Mike Troup suggested taking a look at how to fund future roof repairs in the district.
With the five new elementary schools, the recent high school addition and now the junior high work, "we're going to have six or seven roofs coming due within a two-year time period in 30 years," Troup said. "Somehow we're going to need to establish a sinking fund or something to have the money available when we have to replace them down the road."
The district generates $400,000 a year for health life safety projects, including roofs, and "looking at our list of items, we're going to be spending that money for the next 20 years," Webb said.
Also Friday, board members accepted the low bid of $176,580 from Laverdiere Construction of Macomb for the new playground at Iles Elementary School. The bid -- covering installation of the equipment, a wheelchair swing and a fence behind the wheelchair swing -- "came in lower than the ones at Baldwin and Rooney," Webb said.