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Neenan certifies Valley schools

VALLEY — Two Valley Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) schools no longer have to worry the wind might blow the roof down.

Sargent School District received formal certification on August 31, that The Neenan Company had completed all structural enhancements developed by a third-party engineering firm. The Neenan Company took full responsibility for the structural enhancements and the school district did not incur any costs resulting from original structural design errors. Randy Myers, President of The Neenan Company, attended the Sargent Board of Education meeting to thank the school district for their time and patience during the summer work.

On Tuesday night, Alamosa School District received formal certification that The Neenan Company had completed all structural enhancements developed by a third-party engineering firm. The Neenan Company also took full responsibility for the structural enhancements and the school district did not incur any costs resulting from original structural design errors, which totaled approximately $1.8 million.

Myers attended the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) meeting to thank the school district for their time and patience during the summer work.

“We decided we needed to get it done and we did,” Myers said to the ABOE. “Rest assured that your buildings are structurally sound.”

Alamosa School District Superintendent Rob Alejo praised Neenan’s efforts.

“On behalf of the Alamosa School District I extend our appreciation for The Neenan Company’s ongoing commitment to provide our district the resources and service required to provide the safest school buildings possible,” Alejo said. “Both of our agencies faced a challenging situation throughout the past summer months. Thanks to good communication and teamwork, we were able to work through the challenge in time for students to begin the new year at Alamosa Elementary without delay.”

The districts became involved with third party reviews and subsequent construction last year after Meeker Elementary School was closed for safety reasons and the state investigated a former Neenan Co. chief structural engineer for working without a valid license.