Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 18, 2014

Raising the roof

Work under way at Star Elementary School

Mike James
The Independent

Rush — Leaks will soon be a thing of the past at Star Elementary School, where workers are busy putting up a new roof.

The roof replacement is costing about $700,000, but it solves some major weather problems and raises the school’s aesthetic profile, Principal Charles Baker said.

The existing flat roof had sprung leaks in every room, and the inflow was threatening to damage walls and ceilings, he said. A further concern was the possibility of the moisture causing mold.

The pitched roof is to be clad in black shingles. The school’s setting is below road level, sandwiched between U.S. 60 and Star Creek, and the pitched roof will give it added visibility and make it more attractive, Baker said.

“It’s a different look. Against our orange brick the black is going to pop,” he said.

The roof is the first phase of upgrades that will include new windows, heating and air conditioning. Currently, Star depends on individual window units in each room for both air conditioning and heat.

Funding for the air and window upgrades has been approved. However, it will take several more months to complete paperwork and get the necessary state approvals to start the work.

Baker expects those phases to commence later this year. He expects the roof project to be completed by July.

Star is the latest school in the Carter district to get improvements. The district recently opened two new elementaries, Carter City and Tygart Creek, and made major improvements at several other buildings.

Star’s physical improvements will complement its recent academic accolades — the school was one of four in Kentucky named as Blue Ribbon Schools in 2013 based on its accountability test scores.

MIKEā€ˆJAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.