Weather puts Warren projects behind

VINCENT – Projects to replace roofs at Warren High School and boilers at the high school and Warren Elementary School will not be completed by the time school starts but are not expected to impact instruction, according to school officials.

At Monday’s regular meeting of the Warren Local Board of Education at the administration office in Vincent, buildings and grounds committee Chairman Bob Allen said substantial completion of roof replacements on buildings 2 and 3 at the high school is expected by Sept. 1. He cited the recent rains as well as the way the previous roofs were installed as reasons for the delay.

Steel used to secure the roofs to the structures was not discovered until the original roofing material was removed, Allen said.

“They had to go in and remove all this metal, this steel, from around the edge of the roof,” he said.

The contractor is running two crews to finish the work as soon as possible. School starts on Aug. 26.

“It’s the trim work around the sides that won’t be completed along with … the grounds work,” district Superintendent Kyle Newton said. “They’re not in any high-traffic areas.”

The boiler work is expected to be finished around Oct. 1, Newton said. That delay comes as the district is working with the contractor, Mountaineer Mechanical of Athens, to reduce the cost of the projects.

That work is also not expected to affect classes, although Newton said he would be concerned if winter weather comes earlier than expected.

In other business:

  • The board voted 5-0 to offer junior high athletic passes this year in addition to the high school passes that have traditionally been available.

“We’ve had several requests probably just in the past week,” Treasurer Melcie Wells said.

The passes will be sold for $50 for adults, $35 for students and $150 for families. They provide access to 63 junior-high level sporting events. The high school passes, which cover 72 events, remain at $80, $50 and $220, respectively.

Passes that will cover both junior high and high school events are available for $120 for adults, $75 for students and $300 for families.

  • The board unanimously approved new lunch menu prices. While many rates remained the same, elementary and high school basic lunch prices rose by 5 cents each to comply with a federal law that says districts must increase their prices by at least that much each year if they are charging less than the reimbursement rate for free and reduced lunches. Entrees with bread went up 20 cents, while chili and macaroni and cheese bowls will cost a quarter more this school year than last.
  • A resident asked when residents would be notified of the year’s school bus routes. Administrators said those notices should have been received last week but some were returned because of a computer error that caused them to be sent to physical addresses instead of post office boxes. Those are being re-sent this week.

The district stopped publishing its routes in the newspaper as a student safety measure, Wells said.