The roof of the Manhattan Elementary School has been described in a variety of ways from a “patchwork quilt” to “cheese cloth,” but one thing that is agreed upon is it needs to be replaced.
“It just has holes every which way,” Superintendent Jim Notaro said.
The Manhattan School Board is mulling over a plan to go ask voters for a levy to repair the roof. As it stands, trustees could seek an election early next year, Trustee Ed Brainard said.
The school roof is about six years past its 20-year lifespan and crews have been busy patching the membrane every time a new leak appears, Notaro said. An engineering firm is putting together a cost analysis for board review.
Voters shot down a pair of $150,000 building reserve mill levy renewals last spring. The levies would have funded maintenance needs for the high school and elementary school. The elementary levy was slated to fund the roofing project.
Brainard said trustees typically choose to run levies in February. December is a bad time due to the Christmas holiday, when people are either traveling or caught up in pursuits of the season.
D.A. Davidson public finance banker Bridget Ekstrom will be on hand at the next board meeting to discuss financial trends that could affect the election date, Notaro said.
Notaro told trustees seeking an earlier election could get project started sooner and secure a better price as contractors secure work for the upcoming construction season.
Notaro also said the school could benefit from federal money if the Congress approves a second stimulus bill.