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MVSD 244 to seek legal resolution to gym floor finishes

Additionally, drainage and pavement issues need addressed

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— Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors have been an ongoing program for more than the past year.

The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. In September 2016, then-superintendent Kent Stokes reported the MVSD 244 staff did not have good results.

“The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19, 2016, regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

At the time, a representative from the product’s company re-did a floor with the same results as the MVSD staff.

More than a year later, the gym floor issue reared its ugly head at the Nov. 20 regular board meeting in Kooskia.

“We still do not have any resolution,” said superintendent Marcus Scheibe. “The company said they are not responsible, because our staff applied the material incorrectly. However, their representative did have the same result.”

Scheibe said the company is saying MVSD chose a less expensive finish, which resulted in the floor waves. However, even with the less expensive product, the floors should have lasted more than a year, and, in fact, the floors began to peel and flake right away.

“That seems to be proof the product was substandard,” said trustee Rebecca Warden.

District maintenance representative Ty Reuter said he purchased other materials from the company, Blue Ribbon, and has not had an issue with other products.

The board agreed unanimously to seek legal action in order to have the floors repaired or to be reimbursed for the finishing product. Scheibe said he will direct district attorney Adam Green to proceed.

In a separate issue, a representative from Knife River was at the meeting to discuss some soft spots and areas that needed to be re-addressed following last year’s parking lot pavings at Clearwater Valley and Grangeville high schools.

“We definitely would like to sew this up and get it taken care of and move on,” Drew Harris of Knife River said. “We want it done right.”

He said there are many drainage issues, and whereas he usually spends about 5 percent of a job repairing areas, this time it’s been about 50 percent.

He explained some areas need to have about two-foot of fabric, geo grade material and gravel placed.

“Otherwise we could pave those same spots over and over and it won’t make a bit of difference,” Harris explained.

Trustee Lot Smith brought up that some of the flooding and draining issues at GHS may be insurance issues. Scheibe will check out that option and get back to Harris and the board.

In conjunction with theses issues, Reuter reported on a drainage issue adjacent to the bus barn at GHS.

“This has a detrimental effect on the parking lots due to poor drainage,” he said.

Reuter explained he spoke to a contractor who showed him the culvert should be changed from the 12-inch one that currently exists to a 24-inch culvert that is placed with more slope. He said the total project is estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $30,000.

Reuter will set up a time to view the problem area with interested board members. Decisions regarding solutions to the drainage and floor issues will be ongoing.



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