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Sidney School Board approves roofing bid


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

Dairy Queen General Manager, Eric Packer presents Sidney Special Education Coordinator Angie Jacobsen with a check from Dairy Queen's "Light It Up Blue" fundraising efforts.

Sidney School Board approved middle school roofing bid in its regular meeting Monday.

Two bids were submitted for the middle school roofing project, scheduled for completion by the end of July.

The first bid was from the Weathercraft Company and the second from Twin City Roofing and Sheet Metal. Both companies are out of Scottsbluff.

After discussion, the Board approved the bid from Twin City Roofing for the amount of $108,960.

Sidney Superintendent Jay Ehler said between the years of 2005 to 2008, previous board members had placed a tax levy that allowed for the roof funds that will be used for this and other roofing projects.

Ehler said that tax levy is no longer applied; however, the money was put aside at the time.

In an effort to conserve school funds, the middle school roofing project is part of a forward-thinking plan that will encompass any needed roof repairs in future years, as opposed to completing the projects all at once.

An outdoor key box known as a Knox Box will soon be added to area schools. In the meeting, Ehler discussed the key box and its uses.

Ehler said the Knox Box is an idea presented by Sidney City Manager Ed Sadler. In emergency situations, the boxes offer a way for the fire department and law officials to access the building without causing damage.

Knox Boxes cost between $300 and $365 dollars per box, with one at each school.


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