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Springdale school roof to undergo further testing

| Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The roof at Allegheny Valley's Colfax Upper Elementary School will be tested in advance of a potential repair and replacement project.

The school board Monday approved spending up to $6,000 for an infrared moisture survey and core samples of the school's roof.

It is not known when the testing will be done, but it is not expected to disrupt classes, district Business Manager Brad Rau said.

The board authorized Canzian/Johnston & Associates of New Kensington to have the testing done. The board last week hired the architectural firm to design and prepare bid specifications for the project.

The roof, which has a history of leaking, was last checked for moisture two years ago. The new survey will determine if more of the roof is wet and in need of replacement instead of repair.

Board member Antonio Pollino said he wants the architects to give the board a “worst case scenario” for the roof, such as a complete replacement, and what that would cost.

“I think it would be good information for us to have in our evaluation,” Pollino said.

Board President Larry Pollick agreed with Pollino and said he expects the architectural firm will give that information.

Pollino said, if the district does go forward with a roof project at Colfax, that would be the time to look at the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

“That's something we can entertain,” Pollick said.

The district is moving forward with work on Colfax after halting a study on closing the school in August. If approved, work on the roof could be done in summer 2014.

Board member Stephen Puskar asked administrators to keep a running tally of how much the district has spent on the Colfax project, with weekly updates to the board.

In other business

• The board accepted the resignation of Springdale Junior-Senior High School Principal Andrew Leviski, at an effective date yet to be determined.

Leviski is leaving Allegheny Valley to become a middle school principal in the Franklin Regional School District.

The board also approved Rau's salary for the 2013-14 school year of $90,000. Rau is in the second year of a five-year contract.

• The board approved assigning more than half of the district's $3 million reserves for retirement and health care costs.

The board put $1 million into a fund to defray the cost of future retirement contribution increases and put $600,000 in a designated health care contributions account.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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