First round of roof replacements at Wood County schools completed

Officials look to identify new projects for coming spring

PARKERSBURG — The first round of school roof replacements were completed last month and Wood County Schools officials are beginning to select the next round of projects.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for the district, said roof replacements at Parkersburg High School, Blennerhassett Middle and Elementary schools, Mineral Wells Elementary School and Franklin Elementary Center were completed this past summer, with some of the projects spilling over into August and September.

“There was finishing and metal work done on some of the buildings after the start of school,” he said. “At PHS, we allowed some additional time to do areas where students were not located.”

Fling said some of those projects were very involved. Franklin, for example, has multiple buildings on a sprawling campus, he said.

Blennerhassett School is one of the district’s largest facilities, containing both an elementary and middle school, as well as a large auditorium. Fling said the Blennerhassett project was so large three contractors — Murray Sheet Metal of Parkersburg, Harris Brothers Roofing of Charleston, and Mansueto Roofing and Sheet Metal of Martins Ferry, Ohio — had to be brought in to complete sections of the school.

The roof replacements are part of a $41 million bond construction project approved by voters last November. The project includes the building of a new elementary school in Williamstown, improvement and expansion of Williamstown High School, and about $17 million in roof replacements staggered over the next several years.

District officials will go before the state School Building Authority in November to ask for funding for the renovation and expansion of the Wood County Technical Center on the campus of Parkersburg South High School. Officials had to postpone plans for the expansion after the state last year declined to give $10 million toward the construction of a new Williamstown-Waverly Elementary School.

Fling said SBA funding for this cycle will be awarded in December.