Board to hear third roof proposal before taking action at high school

Editor’s note: Richmond School Board  President Connie Taylor responded to our request for a possible timeline for roof repairs at the high school. Her response is presented here as a letter to the editor.

To the Editor:

It is doubtful that the roof repairs will be completed before the school year starts. After hearing the presentation at our school board meeting this month (July 9), we chose not to take any action because the first presentation was so different than the one we received earlier.
So where the board may be able to take action is at the next meeting (Aug. 13), where we will hear another presentation.
The third presenter has already met with the superintendent and taken a look at the roof in order to come up with a proposal.
As a board, we desperately need to decide “Do we replace the roof at close to one-half million dollars or try repairing it at $10,000 to $15,000 a year for the next five or 10 years. Our superintendent believes that if we can stop it from leaking for the next five to 10 years, we should go the repair route.
If we decide to do that, we would be able to pay our overall debt down for the next few years and hopefully it won’t put such a big financial burden on the district.
So in summary, it would be a good idea to hear from as many companies as possible and then have them go through a bidding process.
I hope I’ve answered your questions and that you’ll share this with your readers.

– Connie Taylor,
President R-XVI
Board of Education

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