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Roof repairs discussed by JVS board

February 19, 2014
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

BLOOMINGDALE - Repair or replacement of the roof of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School was discussed during the board's meeting Tuesday.

The board approved doing an assessment of the roof, according to Todd Phillipson, JVS superintendent, who added the board will use Construction Resources Inc. from Solon, Ohio, for an assessment.

"(The company) did roofing work for us about 10 years ago, and we haven't had any issues with the work," Phillipson said.

He noted the board "wants to develop a plan of action" for the repair or replacement. He said the company likely will take core samples from different parts of the roof to determine its current condition. Phillipson also said JVS officials will "do what's right with the funds (generated) from the (recent) levy passage."

The JVS cited roof replacement as one of its main priorities during its campaign to pass the levy in November.

In other matters:

- The board entered into a four-month agreement with the Titan Energy Program for the generation of electric used at the school. The company from Hartford, Conn., has been approaching school districts about contracting with them for lower rates for the generated parts of their electric costs, said Phillipson.

"We will lock into a rate this week," he said, adding the contract is only from March through June. "It looks like we will save about $400 a month in electric power."

Phillipson said the school is guaranteed the savings for the four-month period, and the board will assess the agreement on whether to continue once it expires in June.

- The board discussed the Ohio Department of Education's recommendation to go from days to hours during the 2014-15 school year,

Phillipson said many local school districts already have or are considering switching from days to hours for the school year. He said the district is discussing the matter with the school's calendar committee.

He said the board will make a decision on the proposal during its March board meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on March 18.

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