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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites.

The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in the district’s tax base. Around $3.5 million of that will come from an Alternative Facilities Project funding source for health and safety projects that total over $500,000. The projects that need to be done are HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) dehumidification at the elementary school for $2 million, sprinkler systems (state mandated) and doors at the high school for $950,000, and asbestos removal at both sites for $650,000.

A little more than a million dollars will come from Capital Facilities funding, which will go for the parking lot and restroom improvements at both sites, and renovation of the science lab at the elementary.

The board voted to go ahead with the projects. The bonds themselves will be presented and approved at the regular March meeting.

Board member Emily Ellis said some of the board members were shocked at last month’s meeting to find out that so many projects were needed. She stated she would like it if the facilities committee were to update the board regularly. Board member Deb Ristau agreed, adding that she would like to be updated on all of the committee meetings, not just the facilities, just to have a heads up about what’s going on.

Other business

Richard Keith said the Meet and Confer Committee discussed snow makeup days and talked about how other schools handle them. He said the school is committed to a certain number of minutes in school once the calendar is adopted. They are going to meet with the policy committee to discuss changing the policy before they adopt next year’s calendar.

Keith will be sending out a memo to staff regarding the dress code, as he noted there are people that are dressing casually on days other than Friday, which is usually a casual day.

The board approved the hire of Laurie Bacon for the full-time custodian position at the elementary school. They also approved the hire of Terry Sinn as a long-term substitute for Marit Janssen’s leave. A maternity leave request from Julia Olstad was also approved.

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