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Options discussed for leaking roof

School board approves summer projects, renews contracts.

School officials have tried about everything they can, including a new steel roof in 1996, to stop condensation in the ceiling of the Community Building.

But leaks show up again.

While hosting the B-4 district wrestling meet in the Community Building gymnasium last Friday and Saturday, a dripping ceiling Saturday forced competitors, spectators and referees to move into the south gym.

Superintendent Mike Teahon told District 20 board members Monday night and the problem is condensation between four different layers of roof.

Architects say the absence of a vapor barrier between the roofs is causing the problem, Teahon said.

As a result, they are considering removal of the existing roof and replacing it with a new one which would cost anywhere from $150,000 to $350,000.

No action was taken but two items were removed from the summer project list to do at a later date.

On another matter, the board offered 11-month contracts to high school principal Randy Evans, athletic director Seth Ryker, upper elementary principal Jim Widdifield, lower elementary principal and special education director Teresa Messersmith and junior high principal and curriculum coordinator Ryan Groene.

Salaries will be determined at a later date.

The board also accepted the resignation of first-grade teacher Bobbi Arnett, who plans to marry this summer and move to the eastern part of the state.

In other action, members approved the 2012-2013 school calendar.

School begins on Thursday, Aug. 16. An all-grade open house is Aug. 14 and teacher in-service is scheduled for three days.

Fall break is Friday, Oct. 19 and will coincide with the state cross country meet and national FFA convention.

Classes will dismiss for Christmas break on Friday, Dec. 21, with school resuming on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

Spring break is March 7 and 8. Easter break will be only Friday, March 29, and not the following Monday as it has been in the past.

Graduation is May 12 with school dismissal tentatively set for May 17 if there are no make-up days because of weather.

Following a half hour closed session to discuss collective bargaining and real estate purchases, the board reconvened but took no action.

During his superintendent’s report, Teahon said he decided to allow parents to have a post-prom event, from 11 p.m. April 14 to 5 a.m. on April 15.

Teahon said policy states that facilities generally aren’t open when staff is not available but that parent groups would provide a safe alternative for students after the dance.

In other business, the board:

approved contracts with Educational Service Unit 10 for yearly special education services.

They are: vocational services, by Rick Love of Cozad, for an estimated cost of $6,000; an audiologist and deaf education teacher for an estimated $15,000 each; psychology services by ESU 11 of Holdrege for an estimated $40,000, although school officials are interviewing candidates for this position.

reviewed board policy summaries dealing with admission and attendance, student discipline, academic reporting and progress, student activities, equal educational opportunities/welfare, transportation and emergency protocol.

Members also changed a policy that deals with the location of the board meeting since the board no longer meets in the board room which is now part of the cafeteria kitchen.

heard that Terri Nordin has been hired as a part-time para educator to replace Jillian Dowdy.

were informed that students are taking various assessment tests now and through May 6.

listened to Widdifield present a report about multicultural education curriculum in the district.

were told that Gothenburg has the third largest population in the Southwest Conference with a student count of 197, according to classification by the Nebraska State Activities Association.

Cozad is the largest with 226 and Ainsworth the smallest at 124.

learned that kindergarten registration will be March 20 at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center and that Gothenburg will host the B-6 district track meet on May 10,

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