School Board talks John Shields roof repair

By on November 29, 2012

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—The sky could be falling for Kaneland John Shields Elementary School … sort of.

More specifically, the school’s roof is deteriorating and in need of repair. School Board members on Monday discussed the state of the roof, and approved an official second review of the situation, which will be conducted by the architectural firm Studio GC.

A document from Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, states that there is still some uncertainty as to what is the root cause of the deteriorating condition of John Shields’ roof, and whether it could have been prevented at the time of its construction.

Fuchs during the board meeting mentioned that the deterioration could be the result of a “galvanic action between galvanized screws and treated lumber.”

Initial estimates to repair the roof are in the $400,000 range.

“It is important to know that we will need to do something next summer. Not repairing the roof is not an option,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said. “At this point, we just want to get a second professional opinion to ensure that the proposed fix is the right thing to do.”

Schuler said the board also wants to better understand what caused the need for the repair.

“If it could have been prevented at the time of construction, the board needs to know that so that it can explore all options to remedy the situation,” he said.