Replacement of the Mason County High School Fieldhouse roof was discussed Monday by the board of education.
Mason County Schools Assistant Superintendent Kermit Belcher said the roof has had problems for about three weeks.
Superintendent Rick Ross said some of the problems started around the time of the district tournament when the roof began to leak.
According to Belcher, part of the roof has detached.
“It’s a rubber roof,” Belcher said. “Right now, it looks like a wave pool when you get up there.”
Ross said he is afraid if the roof is not replaced soon, it could come off the building.
“We’re afraid the roof might fly off,” he said.
Ross said the school’s insurance company has agreed to cover the cost of a temporary fix, but the roof needs to be replaced.
“We had a temporary fix once before, but it failed,” he said. “The insurance is going to pay for a fix for now, until we can replace the roof, which I’m hoping will be soon.”
The board approved an emergency BG-1 to allow the school board to move ahead with the replacement.
“We will get costs from contractors and we’re hoping to find one already bid through the state,” he said.
According to Ross, the cost will be funded through bonding.
During the meeting, Ross also made a few announcements to board members about the recent budget and pension bills that were passed by the state legislature.
“The pension bill is a win for current teachers, but not for the new teachers,” he said. “New teachers will be put into a plan that is similar to a 401K and will have to work until they are 65, so there are some concerns about being able to find teachers in the future.”
Ross said the nickel tax that was recently passed by the district will also be equalized, meaning the district will receive funding from the state.
“I’m almost certain we are probably one of the last districts to receive this funding,” he said.
Other items discussed during the meeting included:
— Announcing the winners of the Mason County Intermediate School Showcase of Learning. First place was Abby Cottennickell, second place was Kenton Johnson and third place was Dylan Reed and Sarah Payne.
— Announcing the volunteer employee of the month, Shana Owens, the classified employee of the month, Brenda Riddle, and the certified employee of the month, Cynthia Reynolds.
— Approving a trip request for FCCLA students to attend the national leadership conference in Atlanta, Ga.
— Approving purchase of a new bus.