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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • RASD moving forward with RV roofing project

  • One of the most significant areas where repair is necessary is an area not readily visible to the public; the roof on the building is in need of an upgrade....
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  • The Redwood Valley Middle School/High School building, which was erected in 1991 is nearing its 25th year of existence. As one might imagine after nearly 25 years, the building, despite continued maintenance and upgrades, is in need of more repairs. One of the most significant areas where repair is necessary is an area not readily visible to the public. The roof on the building is in need of an upgrade, and John McNamara of Wold Architects was on hand for the Redwood Area Board of Education meeting held this past Monday night to talk about the options for that roof upgrade and the costs associated with a new roof. “The roof is no longer under warranty and replacement should be considered,” said McNamara. The current roof is what McNamara described as a ballasted membrane, which was a popular roofing style back in the 90s when the school was built. That means a layer of small rocks covers the membrane that separates the rest of the building from the world outside.
    McNamara said new technology in roofing would allow for what he called a fully adhered membrane, adding that is what is becoming more of the trend today. The cost of the new roof, based on the life of the warranty, would be in the $2-2.5 million range. In addition to the roof project the school board is considering replacement of the air handlers on top of the Redwood Valley facility, with a cost in the $1-1.2 million area. There are currently 13 units on the roof that would be replaced as part of this project. Those units are also original to the building. The board approved moving the project forward, and due to the cost, a review and comment must be submitted to the Minnesota Depart-ment of Education. There are other steps that would have to be followed, but if things fall into place, it looks as if the school district would be looking at hosting an election in early January. In other action during its meeting Monday night, the school board: • Approved the employment of Nicole Lydick as the Grades 5-12 assistant principal at a salary of $75,000; Jenna Fischer as an elementary school fourth grade teacher at a salary of $36,500; Rachel Berner as an elementary school first grade teacher at a salary of $36,500; Corrie Tews as an elementary school kindergarten math and middle school reading teacher at a salary of $35,800 and Renae Spangler as a middle school math interventionist and math coach at a salary of $49,000. Spangler is also receiving a $1,597.82 stipend to do some professional development training. • Accepted with regrets the resignation of Linda Zeug form her position as high school lead secretary. • Approved the employment of Joe Stremecha as the varsity boys hockey coach at a stipend of $4,464. • Approved the school meal prices for the 2014-15 school year, with breakfast prices increasing by 20 cents over last year and lunch prices increasing by 10 cents over one year ago. • Declared 38 Rand McNally world maps as excess property.

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