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New roof for Community Building

School board okays solution to stop leaks

Drips from the ceiling of the Community Building during a district wrestling meet last February sent competitors and spectators scurrying into the south gym.

School staff and officials have battled condensation problems for years in the Community Building. They have also tried different solutions which have failed because of condensation and no circulation between four different layers of roof.

Monday night, at the March school board meeting, members decided to end the problem by starting over.

With approval of design, construction observation services and construction, the board entered into a contract with DLR Group of Omaha.

In a nutshell, the contractor will install protection over the gym floor and a temporary roof and remove multiple roof layers from the building.

A new roof membrane will then be installed.

“Less invasive solutions have been tried but failed,” superintendent Mike Teahon told the board.

The cost, estimated at $200,000, will be paid for through the district’s building and depreciation funds, Teahon said.

Final bid documents will be complete by March 30, a pre-bid conference scheduled April 19 and bids will be received on May 3.

Construction will begin May 25 and finished no later than July 31.

School psychologist intern offered position

In other action, the board hired a school psychology intern for the 2012-13 school year.

Danielle Nguyen, who is originally from North Platte, is completing a school psychology practicum in Minden Public Schools.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Nguyen was recommended by school officials because of what they describe as a strong background in behavior management, data analysis and relationship building.

In related action, the board then approved a contract for supervision of Nguyen since the intern will need supervision, without an advanced degree, and the school doesn’t have a psychologist.

The contract will be for a minimum of two hours weekly.

Teahon was then given authorization to hire someone, most likely from Educational Service Unit 10 or the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jump Start preschool program gets green light

On another matter, the board voted to accept the school’s Jump Start program for preschoolers who are incoming kindergartners for this year and made it part of the school’s academic program.

Now in it’s third year, special education director and elementary principal Teresa Messersmith said the program teaches youngsters learning, social and play skills before they enter kindergarten.

Jump Start will be 20 days this year, instead of 18, and will be offered July 9-Aug. 3.

Application packets are available in the Dudley Elementary office.

Legislative update given

During his superintendent’s report, Teahon gave an update on legislation affecting education. He noted that changes in the state aid formula are not likely at this point.

In other business, the board:

extended contracts to all 71 teachers on staff for the 2012-13 school year. Renewal contracts were recommended by principals.

recognized the Gothenburg Education Association as the bargaining agent for 2013-14 certified teaching staff. Recognition was requested earlier this year because of new legislation.

reviewed the 6000 series of board policies, dealing with instruction, that are available on the school website: www. gothenburg.k12.ne.us

heard that interviews for an elementary position will be conducted soon.

learned that outside lighting on the Community Building and elementary signage will be completed by the end of March, parking lot striping finished before graduation and a new water heater and a mower delivered this month.

Measurements are being taken for north gym wall pads.

were informed that a Union Pacific Railroad representative recently gave railroad safety tips to elementary students.

heard that standardized testing begins this month and continues through the first part of May.

were told that track numbers are up—48 girls and 35 boys—and golf participants (18) are down.

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