The Fairfield Board of Education wasted little time approving a proposal to extend the roof warranties for five elementary schools Tuesday night, signing off on the $900,000 plan unanimously and with no discussion.

The issue had been discussed by board members at length last month.

Warranties on five elementary school roofs are scheduled to expire soon at various times, the farthest out being January 2012.

Officials have been told by Denver-based Johns Manville Manufacturing Co. that it will cost roughly $900,000 for maintenance on the roofs at Roger Sherman, North Stratfield, Osborn Hill, Riverfield and Holland Hill elementary schools, extending the warranties another five years. The existing warranties spanned between 15 and 20 years.

Extending the warranties at the five schools will allow the school officials to better plan for roof replacement projects for other schools in the district. Some school buildings' roofs have no warranties, so continuing warranty coverage on the five elementary school roofs will allow officials to focus on school roofs that require more immediate attention.

If the warranty extensions had not been approved by the board Tuesday and the roofs fell into disrepair, replacement of only one of those roofs would cost significantly more than the price of maintenance on all five.

Board of Education member Sue Brand, reached Wednesday for a comment on the warranty extensions, said, "It's appropriate. It's needed. It will save the district money."