RANCHESTER — The Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night at their regular board meeting to provide $2,000 to the Tongue River Valley Joint Powers Board.
The board was recently created by the town of Ranchester, the town of Dayton and SCSD 1 to facilitate natural gas service to the Tongue River Valley.
SCSD 1 board member Karen Walters, who represents the district on the joint powers board, said that each of the participating members has been asked to provide $2,000 seed money for the board to pay for beginning costs such as lawyer and consultant fees.
In other business, SCSD 1 Business Manager Jeremy Smith reported that after an inspection, it has been determined that the roof on Tongue River Elementary school is in need of replacement. Smith said he and Superintendent Marty Kobza will likely attend a state School Facilities Commission meeting in the near future to request approximately $500,000 for the replacement.
“Based on what they told me, it is in need of immediate replacement and it would not go another year,” Smith told the board, about the report from inspectors.
Although a new TRE building is planned for construction beginning in spring 2014 and expected to be completed in 14 months, Smith said based on recommendations from inspectors, the school’s roof is in poor condition and should be replaced immediately. He said there is the possibility of roof failure in the event of a major snowstorm and the district will need to seek replacement of the roof this spring, possibly during the ongoing school year.
The board also approved a bid for an electric sign to be located between TRE and Tongue River Middle School from local company Sign Pro Incorporated for $55,055. The sign will display electronic messages and announcements from the schools to keep community members apprised of upcoming events and activities.