Digging out of January’s snowstorm wasn’t cheap for Treasure Valley school districts. Preliminary estimates put the cost so far at $356,600. A breakdown:
Caldwell School District said Tuesday it had spent $70,000 as of last week to remove snow from its 10 schools and other buildings, said April Burton, district chief financial officer. That money was for contracted snow removal and does not include work and wages for district employees who removed snow.
Caldwell District doesn’t have a snow-removal budget, so those dollars likely will come from the district’s reserve account. More than half of the district’s buildings incurred some damage, which included leaking roofs where water dripped onto materials such as library books. No estimates on that damage yet.
Nampa School District: Early estimates on snow-removal costs are $15,600. That total includes staffing. Nampa Schools does not contract for snow removal. Nampa also estimates another $17,000 in damages from leaking or broken pipes. Some costs may be covered through insurance.
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Other districts: Snow-related costs reported earlier this week include West Ada School District $239,000; Kuna School District $17,000; and Boise School District about $15,000.
WEISER ROOFS GET AN OK
A structural engineer says Weiser school building roofs are sound after carrying snow loads of up to two feet during the Treasure Valley’s record storms earlier this month.
District officials kept students out of school Tuesday as a precaution so an engineer could check the roofs. School opened Wednesday. Weiser has a high school, middle school, intermediate school and an elementary school.
If roof snow depths hit 18 inches again, Overgaard said, the district will remove it.
Roofs were checked as a precaution after district officials saw problems with other buildings, including a roof collapse at a Weiser bowling ally, Overgaard said.
“(We) want to do this before the next storm system comes through this week,” he said.
The National Weather Service has forecast up to seven inches of new snow in the Weiser area between Tuesday night and Thursday.
Over the weekend in Weiser, 70 volunteers climbed up on the roofs of the four schools to shovel off snow, Overgaard said.
Students will have to make up two days of school from the recent closures. Schools will be in session on Feb. 17, which had been scheduled as a teacher training day, and on Feb. 20, Presidents Day.