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Melrose High roof project nears completion

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 18, 2011 10:12 AM

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Contractors are close to finishing the partial replacement of the roof at Melrose High School.

City officials said they expect the $1.06 million project to be substantially completed by the start of the school year Aug. 30.

“This is a very important project for the school and the city as a whole,” Mayor Robert J. Dolan said in a statement. “Replacement of the older portions of the high school roof has been the highest ranked project on our Capital Improvement Plan for years, and I am happy that we are able to do it now. We plan other improvements to the high school as well, but this is the first step. We cannot do any more work until the roof is tight and in good repair.”

The project involves replacement of 42,000 square feet of roof that was installed when the school was built in 1975, and repairs to about 20,000 square feet of material added later.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is reimbursing the city for 63 percent, or $533,239 of the cost. Another $134,265 is being funded through a grant Melrose received under the state’s Green Communities program.

The city has taken out a bond to cover its $394,694 share.

– John Laidler

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