The Pierz school board approved the roofing of the Pioneer elementary school in Pierz on Wednesday. The roof that is being replaced is the original room of the elementary school, which was built in 1991 and exceeded its life expectancy. There were also problems with leaks.
“It’s by far our largest facility upgrade project on our waiting list right now … The district has saved dollars over the past 15 years and put them aside to pay for these high costs. We won’t need a referendum or tax support to oversee this project, ”said Supt. George Weber said.
While the project will certainly get a large chunk out of the district’s reservation, Weber said the district can easily cover costs at the same time and believes it will be good to do so.
“As the board of directors, there will be some value in moving the district into a position where we have removed the only remaining very large maintenance item that needs immediate attention,” he said.
The board also agreed to let Albert Lea lead the project to Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance. Weber said that since Tremco has already been approved by the State Treaty by Sourcewell, it will give the school district access to a quality award.
“They actually supply the product, specifically both the rubber roof and steel roof in their offering, and also the state-required approved design and engineering,” Weber said.
Other services Tremco would offer are package management and project monitoring.
Weber said Tremco estimates completing the flat roof portion of the project this summer would cost about $ 750,000, about $ 440,000 to rebuild the eaves surrounding the pitched roof, and about $ 700,000 to get in to come back at a later date over the next five to ten years to repeat the school’s pitched metal roof.
However, if the metal roofing and eaves were done at the same time, the cost would be estimated at $ 900,000, saving the district about $ 240,000, Weber said.
“They will continue to officially promote the project and receive sealed offers from contractors willing to bid on the contract. Hopefully those numbers are solid or ideally high, but it’s very difficult to gauge these days and access to all kinds of products has become unstable in recent years, ”he said.
Weber said there won’t be any flat eaves sticking out on the new roof as this has always been problematic. Instead, it will have a normal roof pitch, meaning the new roofline would not match the roofline of the 2015 extension.
“It will be tight and maybe even go unnoticed by most, but there will be a small difference,” he said.
Since it will be a challenge to complete the project without disrupting the school year, Weber said it planned to complete over two summers and they would work through the details of how to manage the work and timing to keep up with theirs Need to agree to take advantage of the school.
Letter from the Pierz school board
In other matters, Wednesday, the Pierz School Board:
• Appointment of the following directors: Rick Sczublewski as chairman, Matt Hoheisel as vice chairman, Eric Hanneken as treasurer and Steve Boser as clerk;
• Approved the following donations: $ 1,000 from Platte Lake Property Owners Association for the Pioneer Student Council, $ 200 from the Knights of Columbus for the Pioneer Student Council, $ 200 from anonymous community donations to MHS, $ 500 from the family of Voni Larson for elementary school teachers, $ 120 from an anonymous donor to the Pioneer Student Council, $ 2,272.74 from Belle Prairie Township for ISD 484, $ 125 from St. Joseph’s Church of Morrill Christian Mothers for Peer Aid, $ 500 from Harding Sportsmen’s Club for the Clay Target League and Pierz Firemen’s Relief Society donated $ 600 to soccer, $ 600 to tennis, $ 2,000 to the Pioneer Student Council, and $ 600 for athletics in special education.
• Accepted the resignation of Craig Johnshoy, Head Coach for boys and girls, effective at the end of the 2021 spring season;
• Approved the retirement application from Judith Hecht, teacher for school leaving certificate, effective June 3rd;
• Approved Jessica Teske’s medical leave request for four weeks beginning February 22;
• Heard from elementary school director Tom Otte that 123 employees were vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine:
• Was informed that the Catholic Health Initiative has set up a vaccination center in the high school offering COVID-19 vaccines to all staff at Pierz Area Schools and Holy Trinity Catholic School;
• Appointment of board members to the following committees: Hearing Officer for Free and Reduced Meal Requests – Sczublewski, Mid State Education District – Boser, Community Education Advisory Committee – Toops, Legislative Liaison for the Minnesota School Board Association – Thomas, Staff Committee – Hoheisel and Toops, Minnesota Representatives State High School League – Sczublewski, Compensation Committee – Sczublewski and Hanneken, and Facilities Committee – Hoheisel and Marvin;
• Designated the Morrison County Record as the school district’s official newspaper for the publication of agendas, minutes, and other legal notices for 2021;
• Approval of the Pay Equity Implementation Report prepared by Murphy Management Consultants;
• Approved posting of a primary school teacher to work with the K-4 class for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year;
• Approved the posting of a college professor to co-teach and support middle school students in their core curricula for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year;
• Approved the posting of a paraprofessional elementary school student for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year;
• Approved the posting of a long-term substitute teacher for a speech and language pathologist for four weeks from February 22nd.
• Approved Amber Swarthout’s recruitment as an elementary school teacher for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year pending a criminal investigation;
• Approved Candance Stangl’s long-term replacement teacher contract for four weeks from February 22nd;
• Approved to use the services of BerganKDV to carry out the exams for the Pierz school district, which will end on June 30, 2021. The audit fee for the district on June 30, 2020 was $ 17,650. The total amount for the June 30, 2021 exam is estimated at $ 18,500 for the district and student activities, plus additional fees of $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 for any additional federal program that requires a single exam by June 30, 2021.
• The following contracts were ratified: Headmistress Karrie Boser, Tom Otte and Andres, General Manager Tracey Artner, Community Education Director Sarah Funk and technology integrationist Heidi Thielen;
• Was informed that the high school conferences have been postponed from February 24th to March 10th;
• Heard from Karrie Boser that high school attendance was moved from 30 minutes to 10 minutes to avoid absenteeism. Because the lessons were longer during distance learning, the minutes were increased so as not to be marked as absent. and
• Adoption of a resolution instructing the administration to make recommendations for reducing programs and positions, including the reasons.
The next regular meeting of the Pierz School Board will be on Wednesday, February 24th at 6pm in the high school media center.