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School board awards contract for elementary roof and play shed repairs

On May 16, the Board of Directors of the San Juan Island School District reviewed bids for Friday Harbor Elementary School roof repair. The contract was awarded to Johnston Exteriors of Enumclaw, Wash. The recently approved Capital Projects Levy will allow for repairs this summer.

“This is so great,” said board member Deborah Nolan. “As we worked to pass the Capital Projects Levy, I told a lot of people that we would immediately fix the roof of the elementary, should the levy pass. Now we have kept that promise.”

The base bid of Johnston Exteriors was $235,000, which is substantially less than the approximately $400,000 allocated in the Capital Projects list. However, if more than a third of the roofing panels need replacement, that price will rise. An additional $23,400 will complete the repairs on the play shed.

“We really don’t know exactly what we will find once we tear off the shingles,” said board member Brent Snow. “But even with a worst case scenario we are unlikely to need the entire $400,000 to complete the repair.  This improves our ability to meet more of the substantial maintenance and repair needs of the district.”

On Friday, May 18, a committee reviewed candidates for the temporary position of project manager to oversee capital repairs in the district.

“From age 15 to 23 I worked in construction, and I can tell you that we need a construction professional representing the district making sure all work is done to a high standard and in a timely way,” said board member Jack McKenna. “It is my opinion that had this been done fifteen years ago when the school was built, many of the current repairs would be unnecessary.”

School Board member Ralph Hahn emphasized the importance of completing repairs to the elementary building including windows, doors and temperature control.

“As a parent who will have children in this building for many years to come, I am reassured that the building will be a safe and healthy facility,” said board member Jenn Furber.

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