District to apply for accelerated repair funds for roof, new boilers at schools

May 20, 2021

During a May 20 meeting, the School Committee unanimously authorized Wareham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood to request that repairs for Wareham Middle School’s roof and replacement boilers at Wareham High School be considered for the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program. 

“This would be just the application process,” she said, noting that applying doesn’t mean the projects will be accepted. Shaver-Hood pointed out that the Board of Selectmen approved her to go forward with the request during their May 11 meeting. 

Shaver-Hood identified two projects the district needs to undertake: replacing Wareham Middle School’s roof and replacing six old boilers at Wareham High School. 

The Middle School’s “single-ply rubber membrane roofing” is “rapidly aging and it is in dire need of replacement,” according to Shaver-Hood. She reminded board members that damage to the roof has caused flooding on the interior of the building — twice in the last three years. 

The estimated cost of the project is about $1.5 million, she said.

Similarly, the six boilers at Wareham High School have been in use since the school was first built — meaning they’re nearly 30 years old, Shaver-Hood said. 

“They’re to the point now where it’s very difficult to find replacement parts,” she said. “It’s pretty essential that we move forward with this project.”

Shaver-Hood told the Board of Selectmen that the cost of replacing the boilers is estimated to be $250,000.

The School Committee unanimously authorized Shaver-Hood to apply for the Accelerated Repair Program.