Keystone may need to address roof this year
by Dennis Sharkey
Keystone Learning Services is experiencing some drips.
The administrative offices and the John Dewey Learning Academy moved to the former Jefferson West Intermediate school building this year after the school was closed down for a year.
Part of the agreement of the three-year lease was that Keystone would pay for all maintenance.
Director Dr. Tim Marshall told the Keystone board last month that in all there is about 30,000 square feet of roof on the building and that about a third of that roof needs replacing.
Marshall presented the board with an outline of the building’s roof. Some parts of the building are older than others but each part is at least 20 years old.
Keystone has asked a roofer to present a plan for the roof that can be spread out over at least three years. Preliminary estimates are $100,000 for the parts of the roof that need addressing now and $300,000 for the entire roof.
“Hopefully we can find a way to spread this out more than three years,” Keystone Board Chairman and representative of Oskaloosa USD 341 Jon Henry told the rest of the board at the March 14 meeting.
Board member Ed Courtney, representing McLouth USD 342, expressed some concern about when the roof information was provided to the board.
“It’s amazing to me that when we were trying to purchase the building that they didn’t provide us with these dates and how old each roof was,” Courtney said.
Marshall said he thought the Jefferson West people were honest when the deal was closing. Last year the board was told that the roofs should last another five years. Although Marshall admitted that it appears some of the roof has outlived its life.
Marshall said part of the roof has hail damage. He said the cooperative may seek to submit a claim. He said a claim should not adversely affect the cooperative’s standing with the insurance company. However, he does expect rates to go up.
“I imagine he’s concerned about rates,” Marshall said about the insurance broker. “After the spring and summer we’ve had I think everybody across the country is going to see an increase in rates.”
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