School board wants roofs fixed

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By Robin Bass

The need to repair roofs dominated much of the conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Spencer County School Board.

The discussion resulted from a request by Superintendent Chuck Adams asking the board to itemize a list of needs in the event that federal stimulus money – also referred to as stabilization funds – were made available to the district. Board members selected roof repairs to the high school and Taylorsville Elementary as being at the top of their list.

Vice Chairman Scott Travis said that after spending $12 million on  renovations and additions at the high school, the district needed to protect their investment by re-roofing the older portion of the building. He also said that he would like to see the roof of the 1938 building at TES replaced.

Board member Mary Ann Carden said that so many updates are needed at the elementary school that even with a new roof, the original portion of the building would not be suitable for student occupation.

Other shovel ready projects at TES that could use stabilization funds include replacing the fuel oil boiler with modern HVAC heat pumps, and replacing old windows and electrical wiring. Those three projects alone total $1.6 million. A new roof at the elementary has been estimated to cost $500,000 while repairing roof damage at the high school could run $800,000.

“We don’t know if we’re going to get $2,000 or $2 million,” said Adams, but in any event he wanted the board to decide on the district’s most severe needs.

In other actions, the school board approved the following:

• To extend the preschool’s administrative assistant contract by 30 days because the position responsibilities go beyond the regular school year. The estimated cost of the action is $3,374 and will come from the preschool budget.

• Create two elementary Future Problem Solving coaches to work with students competing in academic competitions, such as the Governor’s Cup. Each coach will receive a $500 stipend beginning next school year.

• Spend $17,787 from the contingency fund toward a matching KETS Offer of Assistance of about $25,500. The funds will be used to equip Taylorsville Elementary School with new phone lines and a public address system, and pay the district’s $17,000 portion of Infinite Campus – an online student information system.

• May 5 was announced as Teacher Appreciation Day.