Wet winter forces high school district to replace Nevada Union roofs a year early | TheUnion.com

Wet winter forces high school district to replace Nevada Union roofs a year early

The roof on Building C at Nevada Union High School has been replaced, one of the first projects completed under Measure B funding. The Building J roof has also been replaced, and bids for the roof replacements on Building E and the Don Baggett Theatre opened on Monday. The roofs on Building E and the theater were originally going to be replaced next summer, but a heavy winter forced officials to move up the projects.

Two roofs at Nevada Union High School will be replaced sooner than anticipated thanks to a historically heavy winter.

The projects are funded through Measure B, the $47 million measure voters narrowly approved last November.

Roofs on the E Building and the Don Baggett Theatre were scheduled for replacement next year, but heavy water damage on campus forced officials to push up the timeline.

“We got into the roof of the J Building, and with the hard winter we’ve had we found a lot of water damage,” district Superintendent Louise Johnson said. “We decided it would be very risky to take those two old roofs (E Building and the theater) through another winter.”

Bids for the two roofs opened on Monday. Johnson said the district hopes to have the roof on E Building completed by the start of the school year on Aug. 16. She added the theater will be closed for the initial weeks of the school year before that roof is completed.

Roofs on the C and J buildings at Nevada Union have already been replaced, among the first projects completed under Measure B.


The original scope of the surveillance system projects at Nevada Union, Bear River High School and Silver Springs High School were deemed inadequate by district officials.

Rather than a patchwork solution, all three schools will receive a complete upgrade. The $686,570 contract agreed to with KS Telecom Inc. is roughly double the initial estimate, according to Johnson.

“In the original plan, we were looking at replacing some cameras or adding some cameras to the existing system,” Johnson said. “When we got in there, we realized the systems were so old, they needed a complete upgrade with new cameras.

“Given the kinds of activities we’re having in our community, we really felt like it was necessary to upgrade our surveillance systems at three of our sites to protect ourselves against crime so we can see what is going on and catch inappropriate behavior.”

Bear River’s new surveillance system is projected to be finished by the start of school, Silver Springs should be completed in September and Nevada Union will be ready by November.


When the district developed its facility improvement plan, the idea was to go with a digital public address system at both Nevada Union and Bear River at a projected combined cost of $51,316.

That’s changed, a lot.

Bids came in much higher than expected, $63,400 for Bear River alone and $62,900 for Nevada Union, a combined $126,300 for the digital systems.

The issue was similar to the surveillance problem. Both school’s public address systems are so old that parts are not readily available, meaning both schools need entirely new systems.

There’s also been a change on the type of systems both schools will use.

The district has decided to go with analog at an estimated $120,000 for both schools, a marginal discount from digital but still more than double the original estimate.

As opposed to a digital-based system, analog will still allow for announcements and tones in the event the internet is down. If there’s a power outage, an analog system will still be available for eight hours.

Johnson said the decision to go with an analog system comes down to student safety.

“Given our community, and our danger of fire and all the risks that we are associated with, we felt like it was a bad idea to tie in the P.A. system with the internet.”

To contact Staff Writer Stephen Roberson, email sroberson@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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