By SCN Staff
MANCHESTER, Conn.—Steps have been taken to replace a damaged roof at Manchester High School in Manchester, Conn. that has fallen into disrepair over the past five years.
The Manchester School District Board of Directors unanimously voted to appropriate $589,000 in unused previously bonded money for the roof replacement. Further, the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools are applying for a construction grant from the State Department of Education that could offer reimbursement for the project.
Although a section of Manchester High School’s roof was built in 2006, an older section of the roof was completed in 1981. This older section has been leaking for years. As a result, approximately 22,000 square feet of the low slope roof area requires replacement. This section stretches over the original high school building including the auditorium classrooms and common areas.
During the January Board of Directors meeting, Town of Manchester General Manager Scoot Shanley explained that the roof replacement will allow the town to also install solar panels on the school, which is part of the town’s ongoing effort to have solar power atop several public buildings in town.
The architectural firm Silver Petrucelli + Associates has been chosen to design the project. Construction documents expected to be completed by March.
After plans are completed, they will be submitted to the Board of Education for approval. Construction is slated to begin this summer.
Manchester—with a population of approximately 58,000—is located 54 miles northeast of Bridgeport, the state’s largest city.