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11:51 PM Wed, Sept. 19th

PHS roof renovation continues over 400 hallway as rain springs new leaks

The Prescott High School’s main campus roof is under renovation.

But the torrential rain on Sunday night caused some leaks in the 400 area hallway of the main building that caused some locker damage and required a few classroom locations for the start of the week.

Principal Stephanie Hillig announced to faculty and the student body on Monday the need to reroute four classrooms that suffered some leaks: Room 301, the library, Room 507 and Room 505. Those teachers were temporarily moved to alternate rooms for the day so work crews could take care of the water damage.

A couple banks of lockers were also impacted, and students were asked to evacuate about 50 lockers. The actual damage to student items was to be assessed, and the students will be reimbursed for any lost materials.

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard stated that the roofing contractor has worked hard to prevent leaks, but until the roof work is complete there are places where, when it rains, there is a possibility the water will seep down through temporary seals. He assured that, at this time, this is simply a matter of inconvenience.

The school district will call a “roof day” if the administration determines there was “any question about student or staff safety,” Howard said.

On Monday, Howard said he was up on the roof touring the area, and was confident that even with the latest rain there is no safety danger but it has required patience to temporarily reroute classrooms and require students to lug their backpacks and belongings from class to class.

Howard praised the entire high school team, and the students, for their cooperation.

“The kids were awesome … and Mrs. Hillig always has a plan,” Howard said.

PUSD is replacing the main PHS campus roof with a $1.4 million state grant. The work started in October and the administration has high hopes it can be completed in the winter season.

“We’re all working together,” Howard said. “This is just a big, tricky project.”