School board appropriates $5,000 to patch leaky roof

by Audrey Thomasson

CLARAVILLE—A continuing debate over a leaky roof at the Northumberland school board office in Lottsburg, and the discovery of some mold, resulted in only minor action at Monday’s school board meeting.

Board members voted 4-0 to spend $5,000 to patch the roof over the school board offices and delay repairs to the portion of the building used by the Northumberland Animal Welfare League.

For several months, District 3 member Gerald Howard has been pushing for action on the issue, maintaining the health of employees is at risk.

The mold issue came up in September after a commercial cleaner reported there was minimal mold in some ceiling tiles and recommended replacing them. Subsequent inspections uncovered four small holes in the roofing material.

The holes were “possibly caused by turkey buzzards pecking at the roof, creating holes,” reported director of building services and facilities Cris Kallenberger.

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