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Somerset valedictorian, salutatorian announced

At Monday night’s Somerset Board of Education meeting, this year’s class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian were announced.

Hannah Marie Rosentreter, daughter of Doug and Donna Rosentreter, is valedictorian; Malia Nicole Triebold, daughter of Mark Triebold and Michele and Paul Roycraft, is salutatorian.

Somerset High School Principal Chris Moore spoke highly of both young women.

“Malia has been a lifesaver for me more than once,” Moore said. “She was a big help with this year’s Veterans Day program.”

Triebold plans to major in pre-med at either North Dakota State University or University of Minnesota-Duluth next year.

“Hannah is one you see at just about every event, whether it’s dancing or singing the national anthem,” Moore said. “I wonder who will take her place next year?”

Rosentreter will major in music business at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

High school roof

The board approved the continuation of Kraus Anderson as construction managers on the roof replacement project as part of the referendum at the high school.

According to district administrator Randy Rosburg, the high school’s roof is 18 years old and came with a 10-year warranty. Verbal price estimates for fully replacing the roof range from $686,000 and $1.179 million, which equals $7-$12 a square foot.

Garland Company assessed the roof last October. The insulation is in good condition. Its “R-value” (measure of thermal resistance in building and construction) is R-18. New codes say the R-value must be R-24 or more. Rosburg said the insulation doesn’t need to be replaced, just built up to meet the required R-value.

According to a memo Rosburg sent to the board and the Facilities Committee, the district has cost estimates from several companies, including CustoFoam, Kraus Anderson, McKinstry and Garland Company.

“It is recommended that we use the roof specifications used with the new additions to the high school roof,” Rosburg wrote. “This roof has a 20-year warranty. The specifications would cause the bidders to do a continuation of the existing roof to meet current codes and desired specifications. This would make the whole high school roof the same design to include 20-year warranties.”

If the district decides to repair the roof and not fully replace it, estimates run about a third of the cost of replacing it, between $228,666 and $392,000, Rosburg said.

The roof has been patched and repaired many times.

The repair work would include using the good insulation, but building it up, fixing around the drains to make sure the products and fasteners are new and removing the old rubberized membrane to visually verify the quality of the old insulation.

Allowing Kraus Anderson to continue as a construction manager allows the roof work to fit in with existing referendum projects. According to Rosburg, the district has been planning to use available referendum funds for some or all of the roof project.

The district will begin seeking bids for the roof replacement. It may be done all at once or over a two- to three-year span.

In other business

  •  The board approved making up inclement weather days on Friday, June 6, and Monday, June 9. Board member Tammie Wishard voted no.
  • The board approved resignations for fourth-grade teacher Jody Keller at the end of the school year and for transportation secretary Lisa Sicard.
  •  Brad Nemec was named the director of summer school for 2014 with a stipend of $6,000. Sandy Nemec was approved as the summer school secretary.
  •  The board approved the Holt and Beasley petitions to reattach to the Somerset School District.
Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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