Braham moves forward with roofing project

By Elizabeth Sias

The Braham School District will re-roof sections of the high school and elementary school this summer.

At the meeting Monday, April 16, the school board approved bids for the summer roofing projects.

In the high school, the east gym and a room south of the gym will be re-roofed, and in the elementary school, the gym and the southeast entrance will have new roofs installed, said Eric Linner of WOLD Architects.

Horizon Roofing will complete the project for $197,458 for a 90 millimeter rubber roof with a 30-year warranty.

The base bid was for a rubber roof at 60 millimeters thick with a 20-year guarantee, but the board approved the alternate bid to increase the roof thickness and warranty because the project is under the estimated cost of $207,000.

“It adds about an 8 percent increase on the cost, and you get 50 percent more life on the roof, so it’s a really good deal,” Linner said.

The board also approved calling bids on a number of other projects.

One of them is to replace the fiberglass installed on the rooftop ducts in the elementary school that are failing with a better system involving protective, longer-lasting aluminum covering. The project is estimated at $100,000, Linner said.

Another project involves installing direct exchange rooftop condensers to dehumidify areas at the south end of the high school, including the auditorium and music area and hallway. This project is estimated at $340,000.

Finally, some equipment in the kitchen needs replacement in order to meet code requirements, estimated at $80,000.


District Wellness

When rewarding students, instead of giving them a piece of candy, teachers will now be encouraged to provide things like a free homework pass or an opportunity to take a short walk outside, or 30 minutes of gym time.

This is all part of the District Wellness Committee goal of promoting healthy eating and physical activity. The committee met April 5 to discuss a survey on the activity programs, school lunch program and classroom parties and treats, Assistant Principal Judy Adams said. An updated district policy will be presented to the board next month.


MCA Testing

Seventh and 8th graders took the MCA math test for the second time at the end of March. Seventh grade increased from 42 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectation to 48 percent, while 8th grade went from 20 percent to 33 percent meeting or exceeding.

The 9th grade writing test and grades 3 through 10 reading tests will be giving in April on paper.

In May, the last math test will be given and the science tests will be given in grades 5, 8 and 10.


In other action, the Board:

• Awarded bids received from Braham Bus Company to provide student district transportation services for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years for $486,650 each year.

• Approved the spring 2013 high school baseball team trip to Florida, tentatively scheduled for March 28 to April 3, 2013. The trip will be offered to all 9th through 12th grade baseball players.