The district is still working to determine the cost of the damage and to put out bids for the installation of a new roof. The building was already unoccupied as the district moves forward with planned renovations.
"We're definitely lucky that no one is in the building," he said. "That allows us a bit more time to make sure everything is specified correctly and installed the way it should be installed."
Baker estimates that it will be several months before the work is complete.
Meanwhile, a temporary roof has been installed by
The damage took place at
Some debris from the incident flew into neighboring yards. Smaller debris was also cleaned off the middle school lawn, but Baker said the roof will be left in place for a while longer.
Insurance company officials are inspecting the roof to determine whether the roof manufacturer bears any blame for the incident.
"They had their engineers go through the rubble to see how it was fastened, just to make sure it wasn't a warranty issue as opposed to nature taking its course," he said. "We've roped the area off to try to keep people away."
While the next roof will also be TPO, a rubber material commonly used in school roofs, Baker said the next edition will be more securely attached.
The building's gym roof also blew away in a storm nine years ago.
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