Crestline BOE hears of defects in HS roof deck
The new Crestline high school is still on schedule for a Christmas 2012 move-in, but a new issue is jeopardizing the timeline.
“The roof is kind of a problem right now,” said Crestline school board member Robert Salvati at the special board meeting held on Monday, Feb. 27. The roof deck has defects that have to be fixed before the actual roof is installed, he said, so the roof is on hold at the moment.
The district is awaiting a response from Sika Sarnafil, the roofing manufacturer, which the board hopes will come this week so that the building can stay on schedule. Salvati said he has already talked to Sarnafil representatives and the company has acknowledged that it is a problem, so he and other board members expect that the company will pay for replacing the deck and the roofing that’s already installed over the new cafeteria and high school gym.
Work continues inside the building since the roof isn’t actually leaking. The problem is “essentially aesthetics,” said Julie Smith, district treasurer.
About 40 percent of the building is done, said board member Ric Cochran.
The furniture package is on schedule to arrive in phases, Smith said, with the first delivery at the end of November. The district will have some stone put in around the baseball fields to clean up the area for pedestrian traffic.
During public comment, Crestline preschool teacher and coordinator Rosanne Conley exhorted the board to keep funding the preschool program if at all possible. She acknowledged that the program requires district funds, but “in the long run we are not a burden,” she said, since preschool students are more ready for kindergarten than if they hadn’t attended preschool.
The preschool program is currently funded for 32 children. It serves 78 children, 19 of which come attend for the full $75-per-month tuition price, Conley said. The rest attend at a reduced tuition or for free because of family financial status.
Conley said she has tried everything she can think of to trim preschool expenses, saying that the board’s funds go only to pay salaries and benefits of teachers in the program, an expense that can’t be covered by grant funds.
“I know it’s a luxury program in a way, but at the same time I don’t think it’s a luxury program,” she said. Only 116 Ohio school districts fund preschool programs.
Board president Jeff Wilhite agreed with Conley and said the board wasn’t ignorant of the value of the preschool program. “We’re trying everything we can to save that program,” he said.
The board approved an additional $5,000 for the school yearbook budget this year, which will become an elective course for the first time. Board members also appoved paying a $9,800 invoice from No Limit Athletics for track equipment. Most of that invoice was covered by a donation of roughly $7,000 that had been received about two months ago.
Smith reviewed three district policies with the board regarding public participation at board meetings, school board conferences and purchasing procedures. The board decided to give the board president the authority to extend speaking times allotted for public participation. It decided to continue attending school board conferences without compensation, because of the school’s financial state, and increased the limit of purchase orders to be authorized without prior authority to $5,000 from $1,000. That increase was based on a recommendation from the Ohio School Boards Association.
The board approved Cindy Earl and Olivia Cheney as substitute personnel for the remainder of the 2011–2012 school year. Other personnel approvals were tabled until the regular board meeting in March.
After all business was transacted, the board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel.
The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the high school library. The public is encouraged to attend.