OSWEGO — Amid trying to coordinate the start of the 2020-2021 school year in Oswego USD 504, dealing with COVID-19 impacts, Oswego Superintendent Douglas Beisel is facing other dilemmas, such as where to live.

A massive tree fell on Beisel’s house during last Saturday’s storm in Oswego. He and his wife were not home at the time, but returned Oswego about 15 minutes after the storm to discover the tree damage to the town and the tree in the middle of their home.

He said he has met with two contractors, and both have told him the damage is not repairable, and they would classify it as a total loss.

He and his wife are staying at a bed and breakfast.

When not dealing with those matters, Beisel has been talking to insurance adjusters about damage to Oswego schools, equipment and property. 

The district had just changed from a $5,000 deductible to a $25,000 deductible July 1 to keep the insurance premiums affordable.

There was definitely more than $25,000 in damage, he said.

The most noticeable damage is the football scoreboard at Neosho Heights Elementary School.

“It was almost new,” Beisel said. “It’s only a couple of years old.”

In addition to the scoreboard, Beisel said the district had minor roof damage and damage to rooftop HVAC units. The football press box had hail and wind damage on the north end.

“Basically, all in-town buildings have some hail/wind damage,” he said. “We also had hail and wind damage and the back windows knocked out of the maintenance pickup and the tech van. We also had hail damage to two other school vehicles.”

The school board learned about the extent of the damage during its regular meeting Monday.

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