The Dutton/Brady School Board approved repairing the roof over the school auditorium during the Oct. 21 meeting.

Superintendent Erica Allen outlined the repair cost of $67,926 which falls under the $80,000 required to call for bids for the job. Allen has been in contact with Maddox Roofing to replace the multi-layer roof assembly. With the rain and winter storms already seen this year, the school district has experienced leaking once. “There were no problems with the various sections of roof during the snow storm. However, with winter approaching, it might be prudent to go ahead and complete this section of the roof, weather permitting,” Allen said.

Allen proposed using a combination of funds to pay for the roof that would not include the general budget.

Allen said the district has submitted a $300,000 Community Development Grant application to cover the cost of new rubberized roof assembly. It the district is awarded the grant, Allen said to the best of her knowledge, the district would be able to use the grant money for the roof repairs over the auditorium. The additional funding will be used to repair other sections of the school’s roof as prioritized by the board.

Allen expects to hear if the district will receive grant funding in November.

During the meeting, the board approved the third reading of the changes and updates to all the school district’s policies. The school administrators and board have worked on the policy changes for the past several months. The final changes made at the October meeting included updates to the staff organizational chart and final review of the technology policy.

The administrators reviewed MontCas Science and SBAC math testing results from last year. They pointed out concerns in areas and addressed avenues they plan to take to help improve testing for this year. They noted the teachers in the math department have met with administrators to discuss strategies.

During Principal Leslee Weber’s reports, she noted the Golden Triangle Curriculum Cooperative director is scheduled in December for professional development on the interim testing features. The students in grades 3-8 will participate in an online science test. This will be in lieu of the MontCas paper and pencil test. This is a field test this year.

Allen explained to the board that a gas leak was found in the high school boiler in October. The school was evacuated, and parents and community members were notified. The school’s maintenance staff turned off the boiler, and it was inspected and repaired. Since then, both the high school and elementary boilers were inspected and are ready for the winter season.

The board was given a preview of the new school website that will be unveiled in November. Allen said they are making the final touches and adding pictures to the site, which the administrators hope will be user-friendly and provide a good communication tool for students, parents and community members. Allen noted the teachers are doing a good job of using the Remind app to send messages to students and parents.

Principal Weber and activities directors Reid and Linda Michel updated the board on events over the past months. Senior Clay Blankenship gave the student council and National Honor Society reports and presented the board with an outline of a proposed senior trip. The board will take final action on this once the financial report is complete for the trip.

The board approved hiring Tom Tranmer as head track coach and Brent Hitchcock as assistant track coach. They tabled approving Breanna Dahlman as junior high track coach, as they lacked a quorum with two board members absent from the meeting and Lee Dahlman abstaining from voting.

They also approved hiring Matt Sutherland as the Dutton/Brady-Power speech and drama coach. The board elected to not hire Candace Kelly as an after-school aide, as the current staff is meeting the needs of the program. Allen said they have two current staff members and four high school workers taking turns assisting there. The number of students participating in the after-school program varies from 12 to 15. The directors are holding several fundraisers to help finance the program.