Leaders put $5.2 million bond to work repairing shingles, killing termitesWarrenton - Warrenton-Hammond School District will soon solicit bids on a siding replacement job as part of the work that comprises the $5.2 million bond voters passed in May.

A citizen building committee has been reviewing information for the past four months, but the siding replacement is not a simple task, Superintendent Craig Brewington said.

Some of the shingles that cover Warrenton Grade School need replacement. A traditional bid process, which is required by law after a project exceeds $75,000, requires the school to present the exact work that must be done so a contractor can give an accurate estimate.

The water-damaged shingles are infested with termites. The board unanimously approved a termite extermination system that will cost $36,000 over five years. Board members said the system would be less intrusive and more effective than a system that costs $5,000 for the initial application and a yearly fee for monitoring and repeated spraying.

"I don't like the spray thing when you've got kids around," board member Dixie Dowaliby said.

The building committee also recommended bond money be used to convert the piping and air flow components at Warrenton High School to a hot water heating system instead of a steam system.

The committee is also contemplating hiring a project manager. The building committee includes Chuck Bergerson, Jim and Scott Holman, Wayne Jarvis, John Shepherd, Bill Shaw, Warrenton School Board Chairman Greg Bosin and Seaside retired project manager Cordon Ries. Brewington and maintenance manager Blaine Vernon serve as advisory members.

In other news, the district faces a $70,000 shortfall from state funding reductions to the operating budget. The operating budget covers district salaries, books, transportation and day-to-day expenses and is legally required to remain separate from the bond, which can only cover building expenses.

Brewington said the district will tackle the shortfall after the Jan. 28 income tax vote.

Upcoming events:

• A Warrenton High School group will host a Craft and Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Warrenton Grade School cafeteria at 820 Cedar St. Project Grad is organizing the event to raise money for the high school senior class' "Safe and Sober" graduation night activities.

• Warrenton Grade School will host its annual taco feed and silent auction at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the school library and cafeteria at 820 Cedar St. The school will auction as many as 30 baskets with themes including dessert, fishing and gardening. Biding will open at 5 and close at 7:45 p.m. The school hopes to raise $10,000 at the auction and dinner to fund playground equipment. The event will cost $5 per adult, $2.50 per student and a $20 maximum per family.

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