The Transylvania County Board of Education Monday approved $336,000 in funding to repair the Rosman High School CTE building’s roof.

The repair will also address issues within the building, according to School Safety Director Alan Justice, including two drains in the piping system which reportedly actively leak.

“The drain in the main hall, where the art gallery is, there’s a leak. We’re going to get that fixed and also fix the wall restoration work associated with those roofs,” Justice told the board during its meeting.

The J.A. Piper Roofing Company will do the work. The final approved amount provided “substantial savings,” Justice said, for the school system. The reported savings will  allow some longstanding repair work needed at Rosman Middle School, though commissioners will need to give final approval.

Board Vice Chair Ron Kiviniemi asked if TCS had used Piper Roofing before. Justice said they hadn't but the original company he had in mind put in a higher bid and wasn’t selected. Justice said he’d been told Piper had a solid reputation.

“I talked with the owner and the project manager several times,” Justice said. “He asked a lot of questions and I looked them up and they seem to be a good standing company with good references and materials.” 

Prompted by a question from Board Member Courtney Domokur, Justice said the only possible delay in the project would come from severe weather, more specifically very cold temperatures or heavy storms.

Justice also gave several capital project repair updates with a couple being marked as completed. The repair of Davidson River School’s front entrance and the drainage pipe replacement at Rosman Elementary School have both been finished. An update on the incoming new athletic facility that will occupy the former Paul’s Quick Service property adjacent to the high school building was given as well.

It is still in the early stages but Justice reported a downpayment has been made on the metal structure, the old building has been demolished and the exact building plans have been received. Justice is currently working with the project engineer on a specific site plan.

Other items at Monday’s meeting included the good news report from Superintendent Jeff McDaris which included the announcement for American Education Week next week. “It is a time to thank and honor the people who work in our nation’s public schools—everyone from bus drivers and classroom teachers to cafeteria workers and administrative staff,” McDaris said. He also announced that all current and retired school system employees are invited to a free Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the school cafeterias as guests of the board. Members of the public can come as well but a five dollar charge will apply.

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