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October 11, 2012

Oneonta to vote on school capital project

A new capital project to go before Oneonta City School District voters is scheduled to be decided on by the board of education at its Oct. 24 meeting. 

The board was presented with information on the possibilities during its regular meeting Wednesday at Greater Plains Elementary School. It is the result of the school’s five-year building survey, which is required by the state. The most pressing work totals $4.6 million, school business manager Lisa Weeks said. The district has already held off for a couple of years on work that needs to addressed, she said.

The total cost could change when the plans are presented by school architect Paul Bedford at the upcoming meeting, she said. The district anticipated state building aid reimbursements of 72.8 percent. No work is scheduled at recently closed Center Street School. The project includes updated security systems at each of the other district buildings. The perennial drainage problem at the middle and high schools would also be addressed.

In other business: The board approved hiring Otsego Northern Catskills District Superintendent Nicholas Savin to conduct a search for a permanent replacement for Michael Shea, who retired Sept. 1. There is no cost to the district for this service.

Former Edmeston Superintendent David Rowley is filling the position on an interim basis until a replacement is found. Board President Grace Larkin said the timeline calls for a new superintendent to start July 1. 

Rowley said after six weeks of fine-tuning bus routes, the time on the routes that include former Center Street School students is as good as its going to get. The 35 to 40 minutes, with transfers, is a reasonable time under the current procedure, without an investment in new buses, he said.

In response to a question about redistricting, officials said the time could be further reduced if that is undertaken but other problems would have to be addressed.




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