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Our View: Thumbs down to past administration of D-302

Published: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs down: To past administrations of Kaneland School District 302 for not keeping track of the warranty for the roof at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.

It is costing taxpayers significant money to repair a roof installed in the late 1990s that shouldn’t have needed repairs for 25 years: The district spent $15,760 in July 2012 for temporary fixes, and this summer a more extensive project costs an estimated $479,420.

Superintendent Jeff Schuler said it’s his understanding a 20-year warranty was issued when the roof was installed, and that would have covered a portion of the repairs – although how much is unknown without examining the document.

Board President Cheryl Krauspe has said the warranty “clearly does not exist,” and district leaders are investigating and seeking a remedy from those who should have delivered the warranty.

If it never arrived, previous administrators, as responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, should have ensured the district had the warranty. We appreciate the current administration’s honesty – and understand the frustration it has exhibited – about the situation.

District officials have and pledged to continue to keep an eye on projects – and their paperwork – for existing and future projects. We hope they follow through on that promise.

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