The Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Board of Trustees heard from staff and hired contractor consultant from DTR Tom Berger on damage found throughout Building 700, which houses the agriculture classes. Discussions happened during the regular trustee meeting on Aug. 1 at City Hall.

“When we cut into the roof, water poured out,” Berger said. “The wood was so soaked, we knew we had damage.”

Liberty Ranch High School was built just 10 years ago and Building 700 was the last to be finished by F & H Construction of Lodi almost two years after the other buildings.

Most of the damage was concentrated on the south wall of Building 700 where it has no protection from the wind and rain. According to staff and Berger, the parapet wall that extends higher than the roof was part of the problem.

Berger said, while inspecting the building, they found 35 percent of roof sheeting was damaged and all of the roofing membrane had to be removed to see the extent of the damage. They found “heavy corrosion on the metal strapping.” The exterior stucco has been removed to address all the problems.

Agriculture classes will be relocated. Some will be held at alternate facilities at Liberty Ranch and also at the Estrellita campus and at Galt High. Classes are not expected to resume in Building 700 until next year.

Superintendent William Spalding said he was very impressed with the teamwork to find suitable sites to use as classrooms.

“Kudos to the principals,” Spalding said. “Joe (Saramago) has been at work every day to help the Ag department during his summer vacation. I’m so proud of our team. Excellent teamwork.”

Spalding also commended Project Manager Kevin Clemons, Benchmark Consulting Inspector Dan Carpenter and Berger for their work on the damaged building.

Carpenter said the Department of State Architects (DSA) have been on site and confirm they will expedite design approvals as much as possible. He said the redesign is expected to go to DSA by mid-September.

Staff is also concerned with the gym and library buildings. Inspections began this week on the gym to determine if it also has water damage.

Business Director Corey Reihl reported on the governor’s budget revisions. Although the state of California passed a pension relief fund of $3.15 million to help employees and districts, Reihl said it did very little to help GJUHSD. Reihl said the district faces a “significant deficit” with cuts to special education in the amount of $425,000.