A roofer works to patch the roof Monday afternoon at Northside Elementary School in Albany. Students were shuffled to other city schools after the roof began leaking.
ALBANY, Ga. — With rainfall on Monday morning came a roof leak at Northside Elementary School, forcing Dougherty County School System officials to bus students to separate schools.
Now all that is left is to assess the damage to determine what to do next.
R.D. Harter, public information officer for the school system, said that the leak primarily impacted the media center, a few backside classrooms and part of the kitchen. Students at the school were bused to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Radium Springs Elementary School for the remainder of the school day.
At the end of the school day, students were returned to Northside so that transportation from the school could take place as normal.
Officials had planned to do the same thing today. Students were expected to be taken to Northside and then be bused to one of the other schools until the afternoon — at which point they would be sent back to Northside.
In order to clean the mess left behind from the leak, there was extra custodial staff brought in. There were no computers lost in the media center, but there was at least one video projector device attached to the ceiling that was damaged.
The school had a roof put on top of the an older roof a few years ago. The newer material has seams in it. Water apparently came through the seams and collected between the old roof and the new roof.
“When that happens, it puddles up and then the old roof leaks and breaks loose,” Harter said.
As of Monday afternoon, officials were still attempting to pinpoint where the water had come in. The roof’s manufacturer is expected to send a representative to check the leak sometime this week.
Once that person has had an opportunity to peruse the damage, the school system should then be able to determine the cost of repairs and how long it will take to fix the damage.
The school was already preparing to undergo a re-roofing project that was approved by the Dougherty County Board of Education earlier this year.