The RSU 20 Board of Directors voted Tuesday, July 24 to accept a bid from a Waterville company to repair a leaky roof at the former Robertson School building.

The board’s decision to hire C.O. Beck and Sons, Inc. to repair the roof at a cost of $57,835 came about two weeks after the RSU 20 Buildings and Grounds Committee decided to go out for a re-bid on the project. At that time, RSU 20 Director Stephen Hopkins said the committee had hoped to find a contractor that could complete the work for $60,000 or less. Hopkins also serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The district has leased the former school building to Sweetser, a Maine-based behavioral health care organization that serves children, adults and families, since 2006. Sweetser uses the building as a school, where the staff offer youth between 5 and 20 years old special education services that address both behavioral and learning impairments, according to the organization’s website.

During the July 10 meeting, RSU 20 Board Chairman Tony Bagley advised directors to seriously consider spending the money to repair the roof.

“The roof is leaking so bad we’re facing the loss of a tenant,” said Bagley at the July 10 meeting. “We’ve done basically nothing to that building since we leased it to Sweetser. We either do it, or maybe we lose a tenant and cause more damage to the building. It’s that bad.”

At the July 24 meeting RSU 20 Superintendent Brian Carpenter said the committee opened the second set of bids Monday, July 16, and that five contractors offered estimates: A.A. Randall and Sons ($59,840), G.R. Roofing Company ($81,069), Horch Roofing, Inc. ($64,900), Roof Systems of Maine ($96,480) and C.O. Beck and Sons ($57,835).