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Repairing a high school roof, capital improvement funding strategies and calamity days were among topics at the Olentangy School District’s most recent board meeting.

The Olentangy Local school board approved repairing the roof of a high school, considered capital improvement funding strategies, talked about calamity days and heard public comments at its most recent meeting.

By a 4-0 vote, the board approved the superintendent’s action items, which included administrative contract renewals; the establishment of the Hyatts (Middle School) Service Club; and approving a partial roof replacement at Olentangy High School.

“Two years ago when the wind(storm) came through and took the roof off,” said Superintendent Wade Lucas, “we are looking to replace that with a waterproof roof with a 30-year warranty.”

The contract with Design-Build Solutions Inc. is for $1,014,600. According to the proposal, DBS would “install a new, environmentally friendly, Versiply 80 high performance modified bitumen roof system.” Treasurer Brian Kern said it cost more than $1 less than per square foot through state term pricing.

Board President Kevin O’Brien said that Adam White was given a 20-day extension on the appeal of his lawsuit against the other board members. Brad and Tina Krider of Lewis Center said during the public comment portion of the meeting that they questioned White’s lawsuit and his “lack of engagement” with “no” votes.

“We’re a fast-growing district, and when I see people stalling or trying to hold back being positive or working together as a group, it rubs me the wrong way, and it’s my dollars going into the school district,” Brad Krider said.

White was absent for the meeting.

Also during the public comment portion, the board told Bob Ruhlman of Orange Township that the Finance and Audit Committee included members of the community with financial experience.

Board member Julie Wagner-Feasel said a Calamity Days bill was recently passed by the Ohio House and Senate, and was waiting for Governor John Kasich to sign. “That doesn’t affect us, and in fact, we have one blizzard bag that we could use if necessary (this school year),” she said.

Kern said there were four options for funding the district’s capital improvement needs. He said that of the $24.4 million May 2011 bond issue, only $9.4 million has been issued. He recommended using the bond residual interest and then once that is used, putting a permanent improvement levy on the ballot.

Board member Dave King said that strategy offered the district the most flexibility.

The board also heard five administrators give an update on college and career readiness. “We want students to be fully prepared for the next phase of their life,” Mark Raiff said. “We were very proud that we as a district got all A’s and B’s on the report card. Our goal is to have all A’s in every building in all areas.”

The meeting opened with a performance by the fourth and fifth graders of the Alum Creek Elementary Choir, which practices voluntarily before school. As the nearly three-hour-long meeting drew to a close, board member Stacy Dunbar said she wished every meeting began with music.

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