In almost every hallway around campus, you hear the sound drip-drop. Suddenly, you feel a raindrop splashing down on your head. Meet the Las Lomas hallways.
Freshman Laura Miller finds the dripping to be a nuisance.
“I was walking down the hallway and water landed on my head. At first I thought someone spit on me,” said Miller.
Dave Humphrey, Construction and Facilities Director for the Acalanes Union High School District, stated that the roof repairs have been delayed due to tricky metal pipes located on the top of the roofs. Initiatives to fix certain overhangs are currently underway.
The main overhang in the 400 wing will be fixed over the summer according to Humphrey.
“The projects begin on June 14, 2011 and are to be completed in Aug. 2011,” said Humphrey. “An outside company is fixing the roofs and the district maintenance is in charge of the whole process. The district will publicly bid the projects out.”
According to Vice Principal Ruth Steele, roof repairs are funded by Measure E, which is a $93 million bond that was passed on Nov. 4, 2008.
“Measure E is covering them. It’s a big bond. New bathrooms are going to be built, tennis courts being repaired, but they aren’t fixing all the leaky roofs,” said Steele.
Steele suspects that only the overhang in the main hallway will be fixed since it leaks the most.
There is not enough money to fix all the overhangs. According to Humphrey, out of the $93 million bond, $11.3 million dollars will be granted to Las Lomas to renovate a plethora of things on campus.
“It is not only the that we need to do roofing, there is a huge amount of work that is to go on,” said Humphrey.
However, any roof repair is welcomed among the students. Freshman Ali Saarela thinks it puts a negative image on Las Lomas.
“The roofs are disgusting and it should be a priority to fix. It makes out school look trashy,” said Saarela.
Other students find the roofs revolting as well.
“The roofs have always been leaking, but they are the worst this year,” said senior Robyn Doran. “It’s disgusting you will be walking and then nasty sewer water drips on your head.”