April 14, 2024

DBS/OQS Roofs History and Lawsuit


DATE: 03-09-2024

DBS/OQS Roofs History and Lawsuit

There have been several inquiries into the history of the Dothan Brook School (DBS) and the Ottauquechee School (OQS) roofs over the years. To dispel the rumors and hopefully resolve these concerns forever, I have researched what transpired 30 years ago. Fortunately, the administrators that were involved in the construction of both schools and the subsequent lawsuit are still living locally and have maintained contact with the school district. 

First of all, some background, as I know it to be true. The DBS and OQS were built using the same plans, architect, engineers and contractor. DBS was built in 1992 and opened in 1993. OQS was built in 1993 and opened in 1994. Shortly after opening the DBS developed roof leaks at the north end of the building, over the cafeteria and gymnasium. The contractor was unable to resolve the leaks. The district engaged Woodstock attorney’s Eaton and Hayes to assist in resolving the matter. The contractor, architect and engineer were all sued. The district won the lawsuit for $1M, the attorney's received $100K and the district received $900K. The district used the funds to rebuild the north end of the DBS roof, from the rafters up. No further issues were present at the time, with the rest of the DBS or OQS roofs.