2010-03-25 / Front Page

BOE accepts insurance check for 2009 old school hail damage

Insurance appraisers found some $1.6 million in hail damage to the old high school-middle school complex. Insurance appraisers found some $1.6 million in hail damage to the old high school-middle school complex. The Wilkes County Board of Education has voted to accept an insurance offer on damage to the old high school complex caused by a hailstorm last year.

During a board work session Friday, Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell reported that the Wells Fargo insurance broker hired a roofing engineer to assess damage from a hailstorm that occurred in February 2009. The assessment said that it would cost $1.6 million to replace the 19-year-old roofing on the nowvacant building complex.

Most of the damage to the school occurred in the middle school wing, and school authorities were unaware that there had even been a damaging hailstorm, she said. Some damage was done to the gym roof, and a small area in one corner of the gym floor sustained water damage.

A claims service was brought in, which estimated some $1,495,000 in needed repairs, plus more than $100,000 damage to ceiling tiles, carpets, and floors inside from the leaks caused by hail damage.

The insurance company has made an offer totaling $753,817.62 to settle the damage claim on the complex, which now lies unused and has been offered for sale or lease.

During the called meeting that followed, the board voted to accept the superintendent’s recommendation to accept the insurance settlement.

In other business, board Chairman Ricky Callaway opened the single bid for a requested $1 million line of credit that was expected to be needed due to the delay in collecting property taxes. Action on the bid was tabled for the time being.

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