Auburn School Hopes Roof Repair Buys Time

AUBURN – The Auburn School Board is hoping a roof patch above the center of the main competition gymnasium will defer a long-expected roof replacement.

The board approved a $2,000 repair to the gym roof and Superintendent Kevin Reiman said he hopes it works.

Reiman: “The repair is important because having to replace that roof is a $300,000 expense.  It’s the oldest of our roofs, so we do have it scheduled to be repaired here in the next five years, but with the recent million dollar loss of state aid over the last two years, it hasn’t been in the budget.”

He said a successful patch could buy the district some time.

The roof over the gym is separate from the membrane roof over the rest of the building, but the membrane roof warranty expires in 2020.

Reiman: “We’re going to be looking at replacing the majority of the roof here in the next 5 to 10 years, in addition to the HVAC systems that are original to the building, so those are approaching 50 years old.”

The leak over the gym floor was discovered by custodial staff.

In other action, the board approved a school calendar that includes a two-week Christmas break. It also has two snow days and a five-day teacher in-service to start the year.

April 20 of this year has been declared a student non-attendance day due to district music.

The board approved a $59,000 purchase of new band uniforms. Donations of $22,000 have been received for the uniforms, which are expected to arrive before school starts next fall.

 

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