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Perham-Dent School District to start roof work this summer

The Perham-Dent School District plans to start fixing leaky roofs this coming summer as the first capital levy dollars start flowing in.

Funds from the levy, approved by voters in April, are specifically designated for technology and building projects.

In preparation for the summer roof work, maintenance director Russ Winkles and the rest of the facilities committee have been trying to prioritize where to start.

They've pinpointed five spots on the roofs of the district's three schools as "concern areas," because of previous leaking problems, Winkles said in an interview last week.

He said the committee plans to "start with high priorities and work through the roofs," over the five years that levy funds are available.

Due to a dry summer and fall, the school's roofs have not leaked recently. They only leak when there is a downpour and water sits on the roof. Typical rain showers are not a problem, Winkles said.

Most of the school's roofs were redone in 1990. Winkles said that makes them well over their life expectancy of five to 15 years.

The cost of roof improvements have yet to be determined. The district is currently in the beginning stages of asking for quotes.