Columbiana BOE picks roof maker

COLUMBIANA – The plan for a new roof over South Side Middle School is making headway with the board of education selecting a manufacturer Tuesday night.

The board briefly discussed the plan before deciding to contract with Duro-Last over West Roofing and Tremco. The contract will cost roughly $500,000, with an additional $75,000 for tapering of the roof, should the board opt for that design.

Duro-Last offers rubber roofing and has done work for the Salem School District.

At South Side, the existing flat roof will be torn away to the metal deck and the new flat roof will be installed, with a layer of insulation beneath that.

Now that Duro-Last has been chosen it will seek out contractors through a state bidding system.

Superintendent Don Mook believes the manufacturer is a good choice because it offers the tapering design, which he said will alleviate a majority of the water problems over the 50-year-old building.

Board member Scott Caron was not necessarily in favor of tapering and said there is no evidence is increases the life of the roof, although he was in favor of choosing Duro-Last.

His decision was based on the longevity of the new roof, the available 20-year no dollar limit warranty, and option of removing the existing roof.

Mook said tapering will make the roof last longer and alleviate the ponding problems since it will draw the water to existing and additional drains.

“Tapered makes sense to me to get the water off the roof and not let it lay up there,” he said. “If we stay away from tapering you are going to have more ponding.”

The manufacturer offers both tapered and non-tapered roofing systems.

The district is hoping to have the roof replaced in time to get students back into the 1962 section of the school for the new school year.

Middle School students were moved to Joshua Dixon Elementary and the 1969 section of the middle school this year, mostly because the roof was leaking so bad it was causing potential health and safety hazards.

The district was originally hoping to install a new pitched roof over the building using tax money generated from a 29-year bond issue, but voters rejected that option three times.

A pitched roof was last estimated at upwards of $1 million.

In other business, the board also approved:

– Certifying existing tax levy rates and amounts to the county budget commission. The district collects on 28.9 mills outside the 10-mill limit and 4.60 mills inside the 10-mill limit.

– The resignation of Dorlene Kelley, elementary cook, effective Feb. 24, 2014.

– Nancy Tirpak as middle school girls track coach and Karla King as outdoor education supervisor.

– One-year supplemental contracts for Dan Bekar, Sara Ogrodnik, Emily Guarnieri and Cindy Schnellbach for outdoor education.

– Judith Wilms, Dorlene Kelley and Crystal Siembida-Boggs as substitute support staff and Glenda Simko, Sara Rapp and Misty Tindell as elementary volunteers.

– Ron Detwiler, Rick Pennell and Darcy Quinlan as athletic department game help.

– A memorandum of understanding between the board and Columbiana Local Association of School Support regarding alternative make-up days.

– An executive session to discuss employment and compensation. No action was taken.

The next meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. April 15.