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IL school expects generator by fall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Updated: 5:40 PM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- Indian Lake Central School expects to have a generator installed by fall, and new boilers by the fall of 2015.

Voters approved purchasing a generator for $75,000 and two new boilers for up to $600,000 in May. The school does not currently have a generator.

Mike Harris of Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown, told the Board of Education June 17 that the generator could be installed as early as this summer and other components of the building project could go to bid this fall with work to begin next summer.

Harris expects $1,394,173 in grants to install advanced high-efficiency wood pellet boilers at five institutional buildings in three counties in the North Country, including ILCS, to receive final approval within 30 days.

Bioenergy Project Partners LLC, Saratoga Springs, received the grants in Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Initiative. The final approval is for a contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

One of the two new boilers would be a wood pellet boiler and the other a fuel oil boiler. Wood pellet heat could cost as much as 50 percent less than oil.

Under NY State Education Department rules, the school must have a primary boiler and a backup boiler. The wood pellet boiler will become the primary boiler and the new oil boiler would become the backup boiler.

BOARD MANDATES

The BOE voted to make two currently elective subjects, Personal Finance and Parenting, required for graduation.

There was a lively debate on the matter during the BOE's May meeting. The debate continued June 17, but culminated in a vote.

President Jon Voorhees, Vice President David Harrington and member Bob Lewin voted in favor of the change, while outgoing member Tracy Eldridge voted nay. Board member Michelle Hutchins was not present.

Eldridge explained his nay vote by saying, "I believe both subjects are important but I have a problem with them being mandated. I struggle with the idea of the school and the state becoming parents."

The new graduation requirements will go into effect with this fall's freshman class, and will be reviewed after two years.

STAFF MATTERS

Anna Hall and Steven LaPrairie will be summer cleaners.

Debra Starling (fourth-grade teacher) and Bonnie Eldridge (food service helper) are retiring.

Nicole Curtin will be the boys modified soccer coach, James Piraino will be the boys varsity soccer coach and Patrick Gibbs will be the girls varsity soccer coach.

Principal David Snide commented, "The increasing requirements for coaching is starting to make it difficult to have enough coaches because of the time and study requirements."

OTHER BUSINESS

The school will purchase a 35-passenger school bus for no more than $46,000. It will be financed by issuing serial bonds.

Transportation Supervisor George Virgil thanked all the voters who approved the proposition to purchase new buses and reported, "One of the buses being replaced stopped running the day after the vote."

He said he can get by without bothering to repair the bus, and will just let it sit until it is traded for the new one.

Virgil also said, "We had a good year. We have some of the safest school buses in the state."

OTHER BUSINESS

Superintendent Mark Brand reported two new families have signed up to host international students. This makes three host families, and will result in ILCS having four international students starting this fall.

The Board of Education will next meet Wednesday, July 9, starting with its reorganization meeting and an executive session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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