Work is expected to begin soon on the roof replacement for Straub Elementary School.
According to Mason County Schools Superintendent Rick Ross, the roof now in place is old and leaks.
“This was in part of our plan when we asked for the nickel tax,” he said. “It’s a very old roof and we’ve had leaks. It just needs to be replaced.”
According to Gary Scott, an architect with Scott and Associates Architectural out of Frankfort, the roof replacement is expected to cost about $438,595. The bid was received from Tecta America, a Cincinnati-based company.
“We’ve worked well with them before and they’re capable of completing the work,” Scott said.
According to Scott, the company will also replace the roof on the athletic building, which is expected to cost $68,375.
The total cost of the projects is expected to be $506,970 and the total budget is $800,000, according to Scott.
“We came in about $300,000 less than budgeted,” Ross said.
According to Scott, the electric and lighting systems at the Mason County Auditorium will also be replaced.
“The stage lighting is from about 1965,” he said. “It still has stage flood lamps with incandescent lamps. We want to bring the building into the 21st century. It won’t be extravagant, but we’ll upgrade the power and add some outlets.”
Ross said the lights will be LED.
“We’re going to update the electrical system and the lighting,” he said. “It’s almost all original. The lights will be LED and computer controlled.”
The budget for the work at the auditorium is $205,000.
According to Ross, the work will begin after Fiddle Fest and will require the winter program to be relocated.
The funding for the work is coming from money provided to the district from passing the nickel tax.