"The $7 million figure is the best estimate by our insurers of the potential magnitude of the claim so far," district spokesman Peter Rex said.Thank goodness for insurance. Of course, costs can be expected to climb...
However, that won't necessarily cover the entire amount of what it would cost to rebuild the roof and the school's library, which was gutted after the roof collapsed on Christmas Day. District officials won't know the final cost of the reconstruction until they find out what caused the roof to collapse and who is financially liable, Rex said.
It is unknown why a truss supporting the roof failed after a heavy snowstorm, and district officials said last month that it could be several months before the cause is known. Damage might not be repaired until fall, they said.
On Monday, the district will hold a public hearing before the board amends the district's 2008-09 budget to accommodate $7 million in emergency expenses related to the roof collapse.
Which brings us to the second budget-related item, the cancellation of the 9th-grade WASL.
State schools chief Randy Dorn eliminated giving freshmen the option of taking the test, part of an effort to save nearly $500,000, his office announced Wednesday night.It makes sense and it saves money. Dorn's not perfect, but he's made some good choices so far.
Tenth-graders still are required to take the test, as are third- through eighth-graders and some high school juniors and seniors.
Dorn said last month that he will revamp the entire testing system by next year in favor of shorter exams with faster feedback.