Hillsborough board to address leaky elementaries
TAMPA - One school’s been open for six years. The other, just seven. Collectively, they cost millions of dollars to build as the county dealt with an exploding student population back in the 2006-07 years. Now, the Hillsborough County school district is being asked to fund nearly $2 million in repairs caused by water intrusion at Deer Park and Oak Park elementaries. The school board is expected to vote on the matter Tuesday afternoon. The repairs are needed, district officials say, because of defective design and construction.Deer Park Elementary opened in August 2006 at 11605 Citrus Park Drive in northwestern Hillsborough County. Oak Park Elementary opened a year later after being rebuilt in east Tampa at 2716 N. 46th St. “It has something to do with water intrusion,” said Tom Gonzalez, attorney for the district. “Water is seeping in where it shouldn’t be.” The price tag for Deer Park repairs is just more than $1 million. The cost of the Oak Park fix is estimated at nearly $900,000. “Each project scope provides for removal and replacement of delaminated stucco and all sealants; exterior painting and limited interior painting; new walkway coatings; new drip flashings at window and door heads and new metal hoods over exterior wall louvers; and corrections to window flashing,” an item on the board agenda reads.A lawsuit in the matter was filed earlier this year against Ellis Construction Co. and The Architectural Practice Inc. The latter was the architect on both projects, while Ellis was the general contractor on both. Neither officials with Ellis or The Architectural Practice could be reached for comment Monday. Principals at both schools also declined comment. The work is expected to be done in July, just a few weeks before school resumes.