Plan of Action required on BES roof
Director of Schools Dr. James Jones said the report did not tell them anything they were not already aware of and working to correct.
The State Fire Marshall has done an inspection of Benton Elementary School and a corrective plan of action has been asked for as a result. The inspection came after a complaint was received in reference to heavy rains causing interior damage due to leaking roofs.
It could not be determined through visual observation whether any structural damage existed in the roof system and supporting structure. Director of Schools Dr. James Jones said the report did not tell them anything they were not already aware of and working to correct.
According to the Fire Marshall’s report, Inspector Ron Jones met with Supervisor of Maintenance Tommy Frazier, who said the roof had been leaking for several years but was getting worse due to heavy rains and was producing more severe damage to the interior of the building. Frazier explained that most of the water-damaged areas had been cleaned up and the school board is currently working on obtaining bids for roof replacement and repair, the report said. The school system currently has no money for the repair and is requesting additional funds from the county commission.
The Fire Marshall’s report said all corridors were found to be clear of obstructions and standing water, but water damage can been seen on many ceiling tiles, with some severely damaged and sagging. Multiple ceiling tiles were found to be stained with what appeared to be green and black mold. Steel supports showed signs of rust and staining and walls and door frames at several locations in the main corridor showed signs of staining and residue, the report said.
Observations of the roof showed it was in an “advanced state of deterioration.” Observations by the inspector showed large areas of blistering, soft spots, deteriorated patches, improperly sealed roof drains, insulating material visible through the roof membrane and signs of sagging along some areas of roof overhang. Large accumulations of water were found pooling around multiple HVAC units and could not properly drain.
At the main corridor adjacent to the main entrance and principal’s office, one section of the roof/ceiling membrane has collapsed and debris is resting on the HVAC ductwork and suspended ceiling grid. Ceiling tile in the area showed signs of black and green deposits; it was determined the areas should not be disturbed any more than necessary because the building was occupied.
The report said additional damage could be present that was not visible to the inspector. The report concluded by saying it was imperative corrections be made as soon as reasonably possible and that a registered structural engineer assess the roof system to determine structural fitness. A plan of correction action will be required to be submitted to the fire marshall’s office.
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