Thunder Bay Jr. High roof beginning to pay back

It cost Alpena Public Schools and taxpayers nearly a million dollars and now a new roof and insulation at the junior high school is beginning to give back.

The roof and insulation project was completed prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year.  The roof was replaced because leaks started forming nearly immediately after the school was built in 1999.

A quick comparison between the 2008 and 2009 heating seasons shows a significant decrease in the amount of gas used to heat the junior high.  That’s despite like temperatures and heating bills at the high school that were fairly flat over the two-year period.

Superintendent Brent Holcomb said the district will continue to monitor the situation, but the latest effort appears to be paying off.

“In addition,” Holcomb said, “staff says the building is warmer and the roof is shedding ice much better.  Last winter we (APS) didn’t need to shovel snow off the roof at all – like in years past.”

In addition to a new roof, contractors installed a large amount of insulation in the area above classrooms, inside the roof joists and even underneath the new membrane roof.

The new roof cost more than $950,000 to replace.