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Capital project work in Potsdam to extend into school year

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POTSDAM — Work on the first phase of the Potsdam Central School District’s $18 million capital project is nearly complete, but the roofing project will extend into the beginning of the school year.

“This will probably progress into mid-September on both buildings,” according to Project Manager Bob Williams, who noted work on the bus garage also will continue into September.

Phase I of the project includes $1.9 million in roofing repairs at the high school, bus garage, elementary school and on a small portion of the middle school, where most of the roof was replaced in the district’s last project.

“We hope to have the roof membranes on by the 23rd of this month,” Mr. Williams said.

And while there has been a lot of rain this summer, Mr. Williams said the project isn’t that far behind schedule.

“Rain and roofing projects don’t always go together, but we’re pretty much on track,” he said. “All of the ground work will be completed before school starts. Everything should be cleaned up.”

Although work on the roofs will continue into the school year, Mr. Williams said, he’s not expecting noise to be a factor.

“The noisiest thing will probably be a cordless drill,” he said, explaining crews will have all of their materials and tools on the roof prior to the start of the school day each morning.

“It will be beneficial to them to make sure noise isn’t a factor,” he said.

Should noise become a distraction for students inside the buildings, Mr. Williams said, crews will have to work later into the day.

“If it becomes a problem, they will have to work second shift, and I’m sure they would rather work the first shift,” he said.

Phase I of the project also included work on a crawl space at Lawrence Avenue Elementary to improve drainage and ventilation there.

But the majority of the work is replacing 186,000 square feet of roofing on the bus garage, high school and elementary school.

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