BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School Board voted Tuesday night to approve a temporary $73,000 fix for the leaky roof at Westside Elementary School.
The 4-0 vote essentially buys the district an extra year to draw up replacement plans for the roof and air-handling system at Spring Hill's oldest school, a project that is forecast to cost about $3.5 million. The replacement is slated for the summer of 2015.
District facilities director Roland "Bo" Bavota described the temporary fix as a "huge Band-Aid." He previously had said he didn't think students should occupy the school next year because of the poor condition of the roof.
During a meeting in May, Bavota estimated that the temporary measure would cost about $190,000.
"It looks like we got a pretty good deal on it," said School Board member Matt Foreman.
Bavota agreed and said the savings should be used for other schools in need of repairs.
He said the repair work at Westside is set to begin July 7 and last about three weeks.
With the school facing an urgent need for costly repairs, School Board members previously had been presented with a variety of options, including the school's permanent closure. But parents opposed closing the school and other options, so the School Board decided on the repair plan.
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