Stillwater News Press

December 9, 2012

Roofing projects to be considered at Stillwater schools

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on $1.03 million in roofing contracts.

The board will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. The regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 314 S. Lewis.

Assistant Superintendent Jim Ryan said the projects will be paid for with $500,000 from the building fund and $531,000 from the 2011 school bond issue.

Five bids were received Nov. 30, and the district selected two for five roofing projects.

Alva Roofing of Edmond came in with a low bid of $208,112 for a new roof above the Stillwater High School main office. Alva Roofing also had the low bid of $434,515 for a two-story section of roof at Stillwater Middle School.

The Byers Company and Hart Roofing, both of Sapulpa, had the low bid of $181,595 for a new roof and construction of an exterior wall of the gymnasium on a ninth-grade wing of Stillwater Junior High School. Byers and Hart also had the low bid of $141,941 for a new roof on the west edition of the middle school and a low bid of $65,644 for a new roof on the high school common area.

Ryan said each of the bids came with an estimated time of completion, anywhere from 80 days to 120 days.

“Hopefully, it will all be done before the spring rains,” Ryan said.

Ryan said the life span of a roof typically is 15 to 20 years.

“These roofs are worn out,” Ryan said. “We patch when we can but this time we’re re-doing it. It’s time for them to be replaced. We’re putting on better than we had. This is something we have to do on a regular basis.”

The board also will consider a vote on changing the beginning of the school day for the 2013-14 school year, said Kellee Brown, the district’s public information officer.

The elementary schools begin at 8:55 a.m., and the board will consider making that starting time earlier. The middle school begins at 7:55 a.m., and the junior high and high school begin at 8 a.m. The board will consider a later starting time for those schools.

Brown said that the primary reason to consider changing the starting times is for student performance and achievement.

“Younger kids are more responsive early and the secondary (level) kids are more responsive later,” Brown said.