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Hamburg Middle School to get a new roof

HAMBURG — A new roof is expected to be put on Hamburg Middle School in the near future, with the project stated by district officials as being part of an approved proposition by Hamburg residents.

The Hamburg Central School Board voted 6-1 at the July 15 special meeting, to approve a recommendation of Gordon W. Jones Architects to award a bid contract to Progressive Roofing Inc. for middle school reconstruction work at a total of $1,756,500.

Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services & Finance Barbara Sporyz said the bid total came under the district’s related project cap budget of $2.1 million. The contact is stated as being the last such project related to roof repair at Hamburg Middle School, continuing a gradual process of related renovation. Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci cast the lone “No” vote, later repeating various requests to see a greater outline of project needs and differentiations.

Bids opened July 8. It was stated that roof work could extend into the 2014-15 school year, but was not expected to take too much longer. A district building condition survey took place previously, an extensive process Sporyz said is required by New York state which includes architects and other district officials’ conducting an audit of infrastructure and safety items. The most problematic areas were identified, and although not the most highly prioritized, the middle school roof was said to be leaking. So, instead of performing stop-gap patching of the roof, replacement and renovation will take place. Drains will also be re-lined.

“Sometimes we have to be proactive,” Board Member Sally Stephenson said, in regard to repairs.

Sporyz added that the scope of the project falls under a proposition approved during budget planning, on the recommendation of district architects. A 30-year warranty accompanies the project, through EPDM Roofing Association.

Despite the outlined explanation, Schrauth Forcucci demanded a more in-depth description of how the project came to fruition, claiming the board had a duty to further delve into the matter. However, Sporyz described the process as rather basic.

“You have to trust [the district’s] team and [architects’] recommendations,” Sporyz replied. “The proposition was approved by voters.”

After further statements from Schrauth Forcucci, which included duties of the board in project processes, Board President David Yoviene insisted that Schrauth Forcucci stay on the topic of the middle school roof. Eventually, the board came to its approval vote.

The special meeting took place at the Hamburg Administrative Building.

Just prior to the start of the meeting, district Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter announced that Director of Student Services, Curriculum & Instruction Colleen Kaney had been assigned assistant superintendent duties for the district and will be seated along with board members at those meetings, as well.

A full schedule of special meetings, including a series of ongoing misconduct hearings regarding Schrauth Forcucci, can be found on the Hamburg School District website at

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