ORANGE TOWNSHIP — A broken middle school gym roof, office flooding, stadium bathroom damage, a broken sewer pump; these are some of the damages that Mapleton Board of Education members discussed at Monday night’s meeting.

The damage was caused by the June 13 and 14 derecho and severe thunderstorms that swept through the region, knocking out power for thousands and damaging structures throughout north central Ohio. 

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Mapleton’s school buildings were without power for a week. Shortly after the storm, school officials discovered damage to the middle school gymnasium’s roof. A roofing company then installed a cover to protect the gym from further water damage, Mapleton Local School District Treasurer Katy Wiley said. 

“It’s not guaranteed, we could have another bad storm and it could get through the cover but it’s gonna save our gym floor because our gym floor had water all over it,” Wiley said.

The damage to the gym floor appeared to be mostly cosmetic, but the entire middle school gym roof will likely need to be replaced for over $100,000, Wiley said.

Repairs could take months while the roofing company the school district is working with procures supplies for the job. One of the company’s previous jobs took eight months to get supplies, superintendent Scott Smith said.

The storm also tore trim off the stadium bathrooms, flooded the high school office with water, and broke a sewer pump. Luckily, the sewer pump was expected to be replaced soon anyway, Smith said.

Another casualty was the school district’s insurance rates, which already elevated following the storm.

“There goes our insurance rate. We were on the good, make no claims in five years you get the five-year discount and this is gonna — it already went up,” Wiley said.

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