Board gets roofing update; OK’s therapy dog agreement

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Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

The New Prague Area School Board got an update on the high school roofing project and approved a plan to have a licensed therapy dog available at Falcon Ridge Elementary School during its meeting Monday, Aug. 27.

Roofing project Superintendent Tim Dittberner went over a report from Building and Grounds Director Craig Most regarding the roofing project.

“The project has not gone as smoothly as we would have liked,” Dittberner said. “Inside the building, most everything is complete, but they are finishing a few minor punch list items.”

He said the four new chillers on the roof of the building are installed and working.

“Everything is fully automated, but there is still some work to do on piping in mechanical rooms. For that reason, the chillers need to be shut down in the evening,” Dittberner said.

He added that the entire roof is essentially complete, but that the metal flashing and other finishing work will be completed over the next several weeks. “We are working on a checklist to make sure everything is done,” he said. He added that there was some damage to the lawn and concrete outside the building. “That has been restored, and we are monitoring the work.”

Finally, Dittberner addressed damage to the choir room area due to a water intrusion incident during the project. “Carpeting will be installed in that part of the building by mid-September,” he said. Overall, the project should have substantial completion by Friday, Sept. 7.

Board member Jerry Walerius asked if any of the work would have an effect on classrooms.

“No, any loud work will be done in the evening, after school is out,” Dittberner said.

Therapy dog The board approved a memorandum of understanding with Amy Hennen, social worker at Falcon Ridge Elementary. The agreement allows Hennen to use her licensed therapy dog, AJ, in the building on a trial basis.

“We are going to use AJ....

To see more on this story pick up the August 30, 2018 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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