WESTFIELD, NJ — The Board of Education this week approved the use of $100,672 of the district’s capital reserve funds to repair the gymnasium floor at McKinley Elementary School, following the discovery of mold and moisture earlier this summer.
School Business Administrator Dana Sullivan on Thursday said the floor's complete removal addressed the growth, and the district has decided on a contractor to lay the new flooring.
"The mold was remediated by removing the entire floor and subfloor," Sullivan told TAPinto Westfield. "Commercial Interiors will be replacing the floor."
The school board's approval on Tuesday included funding for the floor removal; however, the costs of laying the replacement flooring have yet to be determined, Sullivan said.
“We went all the way down to the subfloor,” she said at the meeting. “We made repairs there where we had to make repairs. They’re now putting in leveling material.”
“Luckily, we did not have to put [in] concrete,” Sullivan said. “If you remember back to the beginning of this process, there was some talk that we might have to put concrete as a leveler, which requires a 30-day curing time before the floor could go down. We didn’t have to do that”
“They are working on putting the leveling down,” she added. “That takes, I think, about eight days.”
Sullivan explained that the next step, installation of the new floor, has been slightly delayed.
“The installers are all busy,” Sullivan said. “They should be finishing up projects now that they’ve been working on over the summer, and we’re hoping maybe as soon as school starts that they can start actually laying the floors soon after that.”
Staff members at McKinley School have made alternative arrangements for gym classes and other activities, she said.
“They’re not going to have their multipurpose rooms, and they will be outside when the weather permits,” Sullivan said. “The PTO is looking at getting some big tents temporarily, so the kids could eat lunch out there on these days.”
Board member Tara Oporto asked whether the source of the water had been found.
“Yes, and that’s been taken care of,” Sullivan replied.
Sullivan said the district has been in contact with several insurance companies throughout the repair process.
“We think a significant portion of these expenses will be covered by insurance,” Sullivan said. “I don’t know yet how much they’ll cover, but I think it should be a substantial amount.”