Saturday, August 26, 2017

Arcadia MS: Construction Problems "Discovered"

WHY did it take from the early March windstorm until the end of August to "discover" this problem?

Was this another construction "error" on the part of those same companies that FAILED to provide safe buildings during repairs/construction in the 1990's?

How much will the "fix" cost taxpayers this time?

How will we know there are no more "hidden" issues with our school buildings??

From GCSD: As you may be aware, Arcadia Middle School’s roof was damaged during the March windstorm, and it is currently being replaced. Employees at the school recently discovered an issue with the fireproofing material installed on the underside of the roof deck above the second floor interior suspended ceiling. In some areas, sections of the fireproofing material have become dislodged. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, an outside engineering firm was hired to determine how widespread the issue is. Their preliminary findings, shared with the district on August 22, showed several areas of significant damage, as well as other areas of concern.
The fireproofing material in question was installed at the time the school was built (1993), and we are investigating the cause of the current issue. Based on the information we have, it is possible that all of this material might need to be removed from the second floor ceiling. We have not yet determined the extent of the problem, but in the interest of safety, we cannot use the second floor at this time.
With the start of school less than two weeks away, we are working to find solutions that keep all students and staff together on the Arcadia campus. There is still work to be done and questions to be answered. We will share our plan with sixth grade families during sixth grade orientation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, in the Arcadia High School Auditorium. There will be two additional information sessions for parents of seventh- and eighth-graders on Thursday, August 31 – one at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
We are committed to opening school on September 6 as scheduled and will share more details as they become available.