Jerome High School to get new roof sooner than planned due to ceiling leaks

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Jerome got about 1.25 inches of rain last week, and although it was good for the grass, it wasn't so good for the high school's roof.

"Well we had some very minor leaks on the new construction just where there was some roof penetrations that needed to be sealed up, so really very minor there," said Jerome School District Superintendent Dale Layne. "There were some leaks under the existing construction that has really nothing to do with the new construction."

Most of the damage was on the ceiling tiles in the choir room, which is part of the old construction.

"Where the water leaked on the ceiling tiles a little bit of paint that we need to touch up, and that section again, that's an old section of the roof," said Layne.

There were also minor leaks in the new areas of the school, most noticeably, the weight room.

Starr Corporation president Michael Arrington, says this was caused from an overlooked boot, but that was fixed almost immediately, and superintendent Layne says there are no damages there.

Jerome High School is planning on re-doing their roof in 2017, so this means that parts of the roof are going to be repaired a little earlier than planned.

"Next summer, the plan is to replace the roof at Jerome High School, the existing building," said Layne.

The high school isn't the only building that's getting a new roof within the Jerome School District.

"Also at Jefferson Elementary, so there's a couple of roofs that need to be taken care of," said Layne.

Layne says it'll be about 2 to 3 weeks before the ceiling contractors can replace the damaged parts of the roof, and it will cost between $20,000-25,000.

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