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Originally Published: January 12, 2017 5:55 a.m.
PRESCOTT — Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard was almost giddy with delight as he posed a question to the Governing Board on Tuesday night.
How much of the high school roof replacement has been completed as of the first week into the district’s second semester? Board members’ guesses ranged from 65 to 75 percent.
“Wait for it,” Howard said with a smile. “100 percent. That roof is done.”
The $1.45 million school roof replacement paid for through state dollars rather than bond funds started in October and the hope was that the work would be complete before the end of the winter, but weather cooperated such that crews were able to replace the roof and coordinate that with the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system.
Over the course of the next two weeks, roofing crews will clean up and replace gutters but beyond that the work is complete – no more leaks.
“So we’re very excited about that,” Howard said.
The board also voted unanimously to elect its new officers, thanking last year’s president, Scott Hicks, for his many contributions before welcoming new President Greg Mengarelli. Hicks and Mengarelli joked over the gavel as they congratulated one another and changed seats. The board’s new vice-president is John Mackin. Mackin, Hicks and member Tina Seeley were all re-elected to the board in November and were sworn in during a private ceremony just before the holidays.
In other business, the board honored the PUSD Education Foundation for its continuing commitment to enhance educational resources for classroom teachers. The foundation recently awarded $19,868.05 to seven teachers at three different schools for projects that include the purchase of Chromebooks for a math class and video production equipment at Mile High Middle School, curriculum enhancements at the high school and a robotics course at a local elementary school. Foundation officers said they received 25 applications, and hope by next fall they are able to generate enough community donations to finance projects for even more teachers. The highest award was just under $5,000 and the lowest less than $1,000.
This program is “catching fire,” said Mengarelli as the board offered appreciation to the foundation members for their generosity.