School bus routes

Elk Point-Jefferson Superintendent Derek Barrios is proposing changes to school bus routes in Elk Point, shown on this map. The district is seeking comments from parents and local residents on the routes.

At its regular meeting Monday, March 9, the Elk Point-Jefferson School Board approved final plans to replace the roofs on all three buildings.

Ron Speckman of FEH Design told the board his firm is recommending a single-ply membrane over R-30 insulation. He estimates the project will cost just over $1 million for the 144,000 sq. ft.

The Notice to Bidders will be published March 12 and 26 with two options – one to finish this year and one to break up the work over two years. Speckman said the two-year option would be more attractive to local contractors who usually have smaller workforces. FEH prefers working with local, or at least closer,s contractors to shorten the response time if repairs are needed.

The board approved the plans, specifications and timelines. Money to pay for the project will come from Capital Outlay Funds, not from the General Fund.

Another agenda item sparked a similarly lengthy discussion – first review of the 2020-21 calendar. Superintendent Derek Barrios is proposing the first day of school be Aug. 14, with graduation May 15 and the last day of school May 21. The proposed calendar does not allow for snow days to be made up during the year; they would be added in after May 21.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.