Recent storms damaged the roof of the Sam Bailey building, requiring repairs in an effort to “keep the building sound and watertight,” said Bruce Ballard, director of construction and facilities for the Griffin-Spalding School System.
“It’s still in progress. We should be finished over the next couple of weeks,” Ballard said. All expenses that come with the necessary roof work are covered by insurance, he added.
Meanwhile, the old gymnasium is receiving a roof coating because “if you get it refurbished within a certain time frame, it can extend your warranty for another 10 years,” Ballard said.
Griffin-Spalding Superintendent Curtis Jones emphasized the importance of preventing the condition of the Taylor Street campus from worsening.
“We are not going to let it run down and become an eye sore for the community,” Jones said.
Future use of the Taylor Street campus remains unclear, at least until Friday, when the board of education will be discussing the issue during a retreat.
However, Jones indicated that the board would like to continue enhancing parking availability for better access to the Griffin Auditorium and Memorial Stadium. Also, the board is considering Taylor Street campus as a facility to enhance education programs, he said.