Burbank Early Childhood School isn't among the six Upper Arlington school buildings that will be reconstructed or undergo major renovations over the next few years, but it will receive a new roof this summer.
The roof of the school, 4770 Burbank Drive, was installed in 1995, and according to Chris Potts, the district's chief operating officer, it's time for a total replacement.
"The roof has outlasted its useful lifespan," Potts said. "Over the last five-plus years, we have experienced significant problems with this roof and the time has come for a full replacement down to the deck."
The Upper Arlington Board of Education unanimously approved a $599,683 contract for the project with Beachwood, Ohio-based, Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance.
"The roof at Burbank has been well maintained for nearly 25 years, but it has reached the point where repairs will no longer do," board President Stacey Royer said.
"This is part of our commitment to keep the schools safe, dry and secure for our students."
Potts said the work is expected to begin in early June and last the "entire summer."
"The weather will play a big factor in the replacement of this roof," he said. "We anticipate this work being finished by mid- to the end of August."
The work is not related to the facilities overhaul, which will be launched April 7 with a 4 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road.
The high school and the five elementary buildings are set to undergo $230 million in upgrades, thanks to voter approval of a 5.17-mill bond issue in November 2018. That overall project includes the reconstruction of UAHS, Greensview Elementary, Wickliffe Elementary and Windermere Elementary, with major renovations to Barrington Elementary and Tremont Elementary.
Those projects were prioritized after physical assessments and enrollment projections by the district and a financial advisory board that concluded work on Hastings and Jones middle schools, as well as Burbank, could be revisited in roughly summer 2024.
"In the interim, the district would continue to address any urgent building needs as they arise at the middle schools and Burbank Early Childhood School, using permanent improvement funding," the district's website states.