Students may now officially have the summer off in Westwood, but that doesn't mean all is quiet at Westwood's schools. Especially at Deerfield Elementary.
Work is underway to repair the roof at the school this summer, a project that officials said needs to be completed before the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
"We have a small window of time to get this done," said Heath Petracca, Director of Business and Finance for Westwood Public Schools. "The project has to be completed by the third week in August. After that point, we will get into the building and finish cleaning just prior to the teachers and students returning. The building is basically closed this summer and we have temporarily moved the office up to the high school for the construction period."
The project, the funding for which was approved at Town Meeting in May, entails the replacement of the entire roof of the building, including new decking and shingles, Petracca said.
Materials for the project were delivered prior to the end of the school year; Framingham-based Reliable Roofing and Sheet Metal won the bid for the project.
"They have a great reputation, and so far have been great to work with," Petracca said.
And Deerfield Principal Allan Cameron said the work is surely needed.
"I'm really excited about the project," Cameron said. "The current roof leaks in several places. In our attic, we have about 30 five-gallon buckets that have to be emptied when it rains. If the buckets overflow, the water leaks down into the classrooms. I am very thanksful to the town for funding the project."
The total cost for the project comes in at $1.2 million, $935,000 of which was appropriated by Town Meeting, and the remaining difference will come out of the school capital budget.