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New roof planned for gymnasium at Rockwood Middle

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By Damon Lawrence

The Rockwood Middle School gym got a new floor not too long ago. Soon the building will have a new roof.
The current roof is in need of repair and the Roane County Board of Education voted last week to replace it.
Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the gym has a rubber membrane roof on it. She showed the board pictures and explained the problem.
“You can see that the seam is splitting,” she said.
The estimated cost for the new roof is $66,000. 
“It is an emergency situation that we need to get that roof taken care of,” McGriff said. “We could just repair it for approximately $11,000, and it would be good for about five years.”
McGriff recommended replacing the roof as soon as possible. 
“We’ve got a brand-new maple floor put in there last year,” she said “We’re clearly committed to this building for a period of time because we’re doing a lot of renovation work on it.”
The technology rewiring project the school system started a few years ago is expected to be completed in August 2011. The board voted to spend $400,000 to complete it.
The remaining sites are Midway Elementary School, Midway Middle School, Midtown Elementary School, a maintenance building and the band room at Oliver Springs High School.   
All 10 board members attended last week’s meeting, including Marjorie Earick. Kim Nelson resigned before she was sworn in as circuit court clerk, creating a vacancy on the school board. The Roane County Commission appointed Earick to fill the seat.
“I’m glad to be here,” Earick said. “It’s going to be good working with all of you.”