Replacement of the Mason County High School Fieldhouse roof is currently in progress.
Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross said the work began Monday of last week by Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal.
Ross said he was pleased to see work finally underway on the project.
“We’re just happy to have the work going now and we’re looking forward to having this project behind us,” he said.
According to Ross, the work is expected to be completed within 60 days and will cost $341,000.
The bid from the company was awarded during a board of education meeting earlier in May. It included a base bid of $242,360 for the rubber roof and an additional $78,700 for asphalt.
During that meeting, board member Dr. Michael Coleman asked about the reputation of the Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal company.
“Do we know much about them?” he asked.
Superintendent Rick Ross said the district has used the company in the past and trusts its reputation.
During a recent meeting of the board of education, Ross and Assistant Superintendent Kermit Belcher discussed the need for a new roof.
Ross said some of the problems started around the time of the district tournament when the roof began to leak.
According to Belcher, part of the roof has detached.
“It’s a rubber roof,” Belcher said. “Right now, it looks like a wave pool when you get up there.”
Ross said he is afraid if the roof is not replaced soon, it could come off the building.
“We’re afraid the roof might fly off,” he said.
Ross said the school’s insurance company covered the cost of a temporary fix until replacement work could begin.
The board approved an emergency BG-1 to allow the school board to move ahead with the replacement.
According to Ross, the cost will be funded through bonding.