Nearly two years after a summer hail storm battered Bozeman, public schools will get more than $1.3 million worth of roof repairs.
The School Board voted Monday night to approve bids totaling $1 million to reroof parts of Bozeman High School and $367,000 for Hawthorne and Irving elementary schools this summer.
And still more roof work will need to be done next summer to repair the $2.5 million to $3 million worth of damage caused by the monster hail storm of June 30, 2010.
“We’re working on it as fast as we can,” said Steve Johnson, assistant superintendent for business.
The reasons it’s taking so long, Johnson said, are that the damage was extensive, local roofers have been very busy, and the schools have a small three-month window each summer when the work can be done without disrupting classes.
Last year, Bozeman High School got $564,000 worth of repairs to its most critical roofs, which were leaking, old or protecting areas like the Hawks Gym, which had just undergone expensive renovations.
Insurance is covering most of the costs. This summer, the district is spending another $89,000 from its own building repair funds to increase the thickness of insulation in several areas to increase energy efficiency.
Companies submitting successful bids for this summer’s projects were Metal Works of Montana, K&K Roofing, Maddox and Progressive Roofing. One low bid was withdrawn at the last minute when the company realized it had made a significant error.
The School Board also voted to declare Screen Free Week, from April 30 to May 6, to urge families to spend less time watching TV and playing computer games, as a way to help prevent childhood obesity. Kids who spend less time watching TV while young tend to do better in school, have healthier diets, and be more physically active. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children younger than 2 years old and less than two hours per day for older children.
In other action the School Board:
--Approved new policies governing student and staff use of email, the Internet and social media, designed to make it easier to use such new tools for education.
--Approved trips to Europe and Washington, D.C., next school year for students at Sacajawea and Chief Joseph middle schools.
--Applauded Ellen Guettler, Bozeman’s Adult Basic & Literacy Education coordinator, who won the educator of the year award from the eight-state Mission of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association for her commitment, energy, leadership, motivation and inspiration in teaching adults so they can earn their GED high-school diploma equivalent, learn English and become self-sustaining.
--Recognized Rick Gale, tobacco prevention coordinator, for being appointed to the state Tobacco Use Prevention Advisory Board.