CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area School District Board of Directors reached two more settlements against subcontractors of the Girard-Goshen Elementary School.
At Monday night’s meeting, the board voted, 8-0, to accept the settlements of $60,000 from Keymark Engineering and of $65,000 from GAF Materials Corp. with a delivery of a voucher for 350 squares of GAF Timberline Ultra Shingles.
In May the district voted to accept a settlement of $10,000 from Keymark Enterprises LLC. According to district Solicitor Aimee Willett, these settlements stem from the original construction of Girard-Goshen.
The school was constructed in 2002 but temporarily closed in October of 2010 due to structural and safety concerns with its roof. As a result, approximately 70 students and faculty were relocated to the Clearfield Elementary School.
The district’s initial assessment showed the roof flexed, which caused it to leak. Further assessment indicated the roofing issues were due to “improper design and construction” and found it could only hold approximately 30 pounds of snow per square foot when it should be able to hold 50 pounds of snow per square foot.
In June of 2012, the district voted, 5-3, to permanently close Girard-Goshen. The district is currently in the process of consolidating all of its students into the Clearfield Area High School and the CES. In January the district approved the permanent closures of the Bradford Township and Centre Elementary Schools and the Clearfield Area Middle School.
The district has retained the law firm of Goehring, Rutter & Boehm of Pittsburgh to serve as its special counsel in the litigation against the subcontractors of Girard-Goshen.