MABTON - In the end, it was simply cheaper to replace the Mabton High School auxiliary gym's trusses and roof than to attempt repairs.
That was the decision last night, Monday, during the Mabton School Board's brief action meeting.
The board reached that conclusion following a presentation by consultant John Hultman of Spokane-based Hill International. His report noted it would be about $50,000 more to repair than to replace the roof.
Gina Grow is the district's business manager, and she said repairs would involve opening up two existing roof systems. "When you uncover all that it leads to other unknowns," she said.
Another sticking point for repairing the roof is that its duct work is inconsistent with current standards.
Grow says the estimate for a new roof system, with an open gable configuration, is $740,000.
Because the gym's roof and truss system was weakened by a strong wind storm, Grow said the district's insurer is looking to cover the expense. Earlier this year it cost about $80,000 to shore up the weakened trusses until a permanent solution could be reached.
The weakened roof issue first came to light last year when a custodian noticed that ceiling tiles were beginning to separate in the 90-year-old gym.
Typically used for basketball practices and PE classes, the auxiliary gym has been closed since the problem was discovered.
Grow says the roof replacement work should be completed in time for the start of the 2013-14 school year.