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Leaky Gym Roofs Prompt Work

Posted: January 31, 2008 2:36 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2008 2:02 a.m.

The roof of the Golden Valley High School gymnasium is leaking after recent heavy rains. No athletic matches were canceled and the roof is still under warranty.

 
Recent heavy rains caused leaking in several Santa Clarita Valley high school gymnasiums, even canceling three games, school officials said Wednesday.

"When you have the volume of rain we've had, any place that is the least bit suspect will begin to leak," said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
The leaky roof at West Ranch High School resulted in officials canceling Friday's basketball game scheduled between the West Ranch and Canyon High School boys varsity teams. The matches between the junior varsity boys and the varsity girls were also canceled.
The Saugus, Golden Valley and Hart high school gyms also sprang leaks, but no athletic matches were canceled as a result.
All of the gym roofs except Hart High's are still under warranty and will be fixed at no cost to the district.
"The one at West Ranch was dropping from the ceiling - it wasn't pouring down - but it was on the area of play, so the officials didn't feel it would be safe to play," Gapper said.
The leak at Golden Valley was mainly down one wall, which did not interfere with the games played there, and Gapper said he believes that the Hart leak has already been repaired.
"That was a very minor leak. No games were canceled, and it was quickly cleared up," he said.
Gapper did not know the cause of any of the leaks, nor why the damage struck two of the district's newest facilities, the gyms at West Ranch and Golden Valley.
While the two gyms are identical in design, they were built by two different contractors, Gapper said.
"We won't know the cause until the contractors get up on the roof and take a look at it," Gapper said. The contractors have been notified and the work will be done as soon as possible, he said.


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