No plans to demolish Sierra Vista

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By David Giuliani

Sierra Vista Elementary apparently won’t meet the wrecking ball anytime soon.

Recently, the Las Vegas City Schools finished a new roof on the school, which is the newest in the school district, built in 1988.

Last year, the state had placed the school No. 14 on the statewide list for demolition of schools.

“We’ll jump to well over 200 on that list,” Superintendent Rick Romero told the school board last week.

Officials have said a deteriorating roof at Sierra Vista caused problems to the structure. Water had been leaking where the roof meets skylight-type windows, seeping into the drywall.

Romero said that over the summer, Franken Construction would fix any water-damaged carpeting and tile. After that is done, the school will “almost be like brand new,” he said.

The roof project cost $750,000, officials said.

In an interview last year, Jim Franken, whose family’s company built Sierra Vista, disagreed that the school should be on any list for demolition. He said that roofs usually last 15 to 20 years and that a replacement had been needed.

“The roof’s design is kind of funky. It’s a little more complicated than it should be,” he said.

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The school district’s architect had estimated that it would cost $100,000 for a new parking lot at Robertson High School’s Marr gym. But the lowest bid was $149,000, which came from Las Vegas’ Sangre de Cristo Gravel. Others were well over $200,000.

School board members wanted to know the reasons for the difference.

Superintendent Rick Romero blamed the rising cost of asphalt and an overly optimistic expectation that a poor economy would result in lower bids.

“We can go back to the drawing boards,” he said.

He said the architect has had some trouble getting in contact with Sangre de Cristo since it submitted its bid, which he said may be an indication that the company realized it had bid too low.

The board decided to delay consideration of the bids. Romero agreed to that move, but he said the state money had to be spent this year.