The School of the Osage will concentrate on new roofs at two of their buildings as part of a summer-long maintenance project.


The School of the Osage will concentrate on new roofs at two of their buildings as part of a summer-long maintenance project.

The board of education Monday night approved the low bid of Missouri Builders of Jefferson City for replacing the roof at the Upper Elementary and the roof over the high school auditorium.
Base bid is $553,000 plus two alternates of $30,287 and $39,060 for a total project cost of $622,347.
Work will begin July 1 and end Aug. 6.

The roof replacements are part of the district’s long-range capital plan outlined by Tony Hermann, assistant superintendent in charge of facilities.
Hermann presented a detailed wish list of projects for the board’s consideration, though the roof work is included in the district’s current maintenance plan. He asked the board to review the plan and make comments or additions.

“Some of these may not make the five-year plan,” he noted.
The high school roof is slated for replacement over the summer of 2013, and then the district will begin to consider replacement of the HVAC units.

“We wanted to show the board our thought process,” Superintendent Brent Depeé said. “This is a working document and it will change.”

Health insurance
The board also approved a $25 per month increase in the amount the district will pay toward health insurance premiums for employees.

As of April 30, the Health Escrow Fund had a balance of $256,758, which is well below the target of $500,000. For the 2012-2013 year, rates will be $375 (employee or spouses); $387 child(ren); $492 (family): $350 (retirees). 

Depeé said he would wait until the end of June to see what the Health Escrow fund balance is and then determine how much additional money will need to be allocated to the fund.

The district has subsidized the fund at least twice in recent years, including the addition of $500 about a year ago.

School days
The board for several months has discussed ways to improve the communication with staff and faculty as part of a “collaborative” program.

To help reach that goal, the board approved a recommendation from Depeé that the school day be adjusted to allow for an “early out” for students at 2 p.m. each Friday. Teachers will then have a variety of in-service projects and meetings to help improve communication.

There will be slight adjustments in the daily schedule for teachers and students accordingly.