Mother Nature did her best to thwart the capital roofing project at Wayland-Cohocton this summer but with a lot of weekend time put in, the project is set to be wrapped up no later than Oct. 1. The campus was hopping with activity in between the raindrops as the roofing part of the $17.5 million project was underway. While the goal was to have all of the work completed prior to school opening in September, the constant and almost daily rain showers created some real hurdles. Many of the roofing systems require 24 hours of rain-free conditions in between the various applications.


“In July for instance, 18 of the 31 days were not appropriate for roofing applications,” said David Mastin, the district’s business administrator. “Construction teams have worked weekends and second shifts in order to keep the work progressing when the environmental conditions have allowed.”


Roof work was scheduled for the Cohocton and Wayland campuses and the older bus garage. In Cohocton, 100 percent of the work was completed prior to the opening of school as well as the work at the older garage where the buses are stored.


On the Wayland campus the roof project is 90 percent complete. The field house and high school metal roofs have been scraped and power-washed, and seams caulked and filled. Dormers were reconstructed with a different design to provide improved strength against the elements. A rubber coating was then applied to seal the metal roofs. There are still some downspouts to paint.


The art and science wings of the high school still require work which will be completed during non-student hours. Some construction personnel arrive about 1 p.m. in order to move equipment and stage the appropriate areas but actual work begins when student instruction time has completed.


In addition to roofing project, the capital outlay project took care of some additional building work. Outlay projects are completed each year as way of keeping up with regular maintenance. New York State now funds those projects differently than in years past.


This summer the middle and high school water commercial-sized water softeners were installed and now treat both cold and hot water; previously only hot water was treated.


“By treating both, the district expect to see a decrease in the lime build-up in pipes, on faucets, fountains and kitchen equipment which should reduce maintenance and increase the life expectancy of this equipment,” said Buildings Supervisor Mike Donovan.


In addition to the water softeners four water-bottle filling stations were added in the district. Three were purchased by the district and one was purchased as a community project spearheaded by the National Junior Honor Society. Three have been installed with another to be installed in the high school field house vicinity.


Smart boards and other technology upgrades were also installed over the summer as part of the Smart Schools initiative. Wayland-Cohocton also uses this source of state funding to upgrade, replace and maintain the Chromebooks that are used by students.


If have questions about any of the building projects or work done at the school, please do not hesitate to contact the district at (585) 728-2211. The district is continuing with the work of planning for the other piece of the $17.5 million project which is the renovation and construction of the auditorium.