Roof Needs Repairs

NEW BREMEN — After experiencing a leak in the roof during the summer, administrators are working to assemble a team to create a plan of action for building maintenance on New Bremen Elementary School.

Superintendent Howard Overman said a contractor came out and took samples of the roof and recommended that approximately 80 percent of the roof be replaced.

“They went up there and they took all kinds of samples, and they said those are the areas that are the worst,” he said, noting a diagram of the building with areas of the roof highlighted for replacement.

Overman noted the cost, which was quoted at approximately $350,000, of replacing that much of the roof at this time is not financially feasible, and he asked the contractor for a quote on the most urgent parts of the roof. The minimum repair is expected to cost approximately $75,000.

“All the areas recommended for replacement have exceeded the warranty lifespan, and there are a lot places on there that are not highlighted that are 1991 roofing, which have a 15-year life expectancy,” Overman said.

Overman said he would like to assemble a team of board members, administrators and community members to devise a plan of action for the elementary building.

“We need to start meeting and maybe start getting some community members involved that have some background,” Overman said. “I’d like to start coming up with some kind of plan for what we want to do because that’s a lot of money we’re going to be putting into that building.”

He noted community involvement in the plan may help community members realize the cost of renovating the elementary building.

“I think if we can get some community members on board saying we can renovate it (the building), they’re going to look at it and say, ‘This is a lot more than I thought it was,’” he said.

Board President Kami Fox noted the importance of sharing this information with the community.

“I think this is the information that we have to get out,” she said. “We’re not going to go write a check for that today — we can’t. But, these are the issues in this building that are going to have to be fixed one way or another — whether we Band-Aid it and work on a five-year or 10-year plan on our own or whether we look at revisiting OSFC, whatever. The roofing, we can’t let that slide.”

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is expected to meet in early September to begin forming a committee and to begin talks of a plan.

Board members entered executive session to discuss compensation, and no action was taken when they re-entered regular session.

In other business, board members:

• Heard from representatives from the fall sports teams on their upcoming season.

• In her report to the board, Elementary Principal Diane Kramer noted the upcoming family reading night, set for Sept. 18.

The meeting will feature a guest speaker that will inform parents on how they can help their children with the reading process. High school students will also be in attendance to read books and lead activities with the elementary students.

• In his report to the board, Middle School Principal Jason Schrader noted he is still in need of a few more adult volunteers to help with the Monroe Street crossing before school.

• Approved the July 17 regular meeting and July 24 special meeting minutes.

• Approved the general fund and lunchroom fund paid bills.

• Approved the resignation of Darin Applegate, junior high assistant football coach.

• Approved a list of supplemental contracts.

• Recognized the band and athletic volunteers for the 2012-13 school year.

• Approved training stipends of $100 for Christy Bertke, Debbie Miller and Jenny Sniegowski.

• Accepted bids from Nickles Bakery of Lima for bakery products and Reinhard Dairy of Fort Recovery for dairy products.

• Authorized the attendance and transportation of students to special schools to meet their education needs as so recommended by the administration and county psychologist throughout the upcoming school year.

• Approved a resolution to participate in the State of Ohio Cooperative Purchasing Program.

The next regular meeting of the New Bremen Board of Education will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the community room at the high school.