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Iron Mountain Schools approves roof repairs, cafeteria equipment

September 11, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - The Iron Mountain Public Schools Board of Education is moving ahead to deal with a couple of urgent needs - roof repair on the administration building and equipment for the cafeteria.

At Monday's meeting, the building and grounds committee recommended going with the low roof bid from Markell Co. And the committee felt that the second option for a rubberized non-rock ballast would be best.

The current roofing material on that building is ballast with rocks, which is a cheaper alternative - a total of $16,584 for the two portions versus $25,443 for the second alternative. Markell was the low bid for both types of roofing.

Roofing work on all school buildings was a top priority in the school district's bond proposal, which lost by only 46 votes during the Aug. 7 primary election.

The lower roof repair is that area over the administrative offices and the upper roof area would be over the bathrooms-hallway-band room area.

Supt. Tom Jayne said that there is a 15-year warranty on the roofing.

"This is a more modern day type of roofing material that is fastened down and glued at the seams - a rubber membrane roof," Jayne said.

Board member Ed Mattson agreed. "And with the other type, if we have a problem you can't find where the leak is."

The funds for this project will come out of the district's building and site fund, Jayne added, which currently has a balance of $125,000.

Board members asked when the work would be completed.

"They (Markell) said that it's a two-week turnaround to get the materials and another two weeks to do the work. It should be completed by the second week in October," Jayne said.

During the building and grounds report, Board member Steve Brooks also noted that the steamer in the cafeteria needs to be replaced.

Jayne added that is just the latest need for the district.

Brooks said that out on the list of needs for the district are the trucks that are in bad shape. One of the things that they are doing this year is bidding out more snowplowing to save on the use of the trucks this winter.

Director of Finance Jennifer Huotari told the board that the projected end of the year (2011-12) fund balance is expected to be $118,000. That won't be finalized until the board accepts the audit.

Jayne pointed out that will go down quickly with the major adjustments they need to make to the current budget. One of these adjustments was to hire an additional teacher for early kindergarten since the numbers were higher than expected - 29 this year. In addition there were the repairs to the cafeteria due to a breakdown in equipment, roof repairs, and fewer students in the district than they had budgeted for this school year.

He noted that last year there were a total of 1,104 students in the school district. There has been a loss of 102 students in the past 15 months.

"That means about $750,000 has gone out of the window in state aid. We didn't replace two teachers that retired last year, but needed more aides in the early elementary grades this year due to special needs. And we are trying to do all of this while still serving the students to the best of our abilities," Jayne said.

On a positive note, Community Schools Director Julie Wonders noted that there are currently 130 students pursuing high school diplomas/GEDs through the alternative education program.

In other action, the board:

- Accepted resignations from Jacqueline Lehto, an educational assistant for the alternative education program through Community Schools; Stephanie Stevens as middle school Science Olympiad adviser; Anthony Tatangelo as a part-time physical education teacher; and Midge Ryan as the Iron Mountain High School drama club adviser.

- Approved hiring Anthony Tatangelo as an elementary instructor for the early kindergarten position. Jayne noted that with 29 students enrolled in the program, they needed to hire an additional teacher this year.

- Hired three educational assistants - Allison Milliron, Leanne Wilcox, and Susan Muir.

- Agreed to hire six part-time child care workers including Christina Young, Jessica Menza, Julia Maloney, Kathy Bal, Laura Collins and Aimee Wheeler.

- Approved hiring Emily Cummings as a part-time adult education English instructor for Community Schools and Katherine Saltz as an alternative education teacher aide for Community Schools.

- Hired Wendy Zambon as a student support coordinator for the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools.

- Approved the 2012-13 consortium agreement for the adult and community education division between the Iron Mountain and Breitung Township Schools boards of education.

- Supported the Employer Participation Agreement for MESSA Group Welfare Benefit Programs. Huotari noted that this is one of the seven requirements that school districts must meet as a part of the state's best practices. This agreement allows the school district to become a policy holder for the insurance and there is no cost associated with this agreement.

- Approved the student handbooks for Central and North elementary schools and the staff handbooks for IMHS, Central Middle, Central Elementary and North Elementary.

- Agreed to accept the 2011-12 annual report, which is posted on the school's website.

- Approved going into closed session to discuss negotiation strategies.

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