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LLCS building project vote is set

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 5:53 PM


Express News Staff

LONG LAKE -- Long Lake residents will have the opportunity to vote on a building capitol project Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The Long Lake Central School District Board of Education held a public hearing on the project before the start of its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 14.

Only a couple of members from the public were present for the hearing, which saw Superintendent Mary Dickerson outlining upgrades to be done next summer if voters approve the plan.

The cost of the project is set at $615,000 for new windows and electrical upgrades. Sixty-nine windows ($461,000) would be replaced along with numerous upgrades to the electrical system ($154,000).

Dickerson said the new windows would bring energy savings, match the appearance of the windows being replaced, reduce condensation, eliminate mold and mildew, and reduce sound transmission.

The electrical component would add circuits in the kitchen to accommodate large appliances, circuits in the fitness center to accommodate more equipment, add circuits on the stage and add outlets in many classrooms.

Dickerson emphasized the project would not increase taxes. It would be entirely paid out of the Capitol Reserve Fund, which currently totals about $700,000.

The only question was from BOE Member Michael Nerney, who asked if any of the money in the Capitol Reserve Fund could be transferred out of the fund and used to lower taxes or for something else.

Business Manager Vickie Snide explained the fund can only be used for capitol projects.


Chief Information Officer and Guidance Counselor Tisha White will resign as of Sept. 1 after 18 years at the school.

Because White has had duties beyond her titles, including testing and filling in when the superintendent is absent, the board wants to talk with her to determine if it should advertise for one or more full-time or part-time replacements.

The board hopes to reach a decision on how best to proceed before Sept. 1.


-- Dina Kennedy and Mary Hartle will be the election inspectors for the vote on the capitol project, each receiving a $75 stipend. Snide will be the alternate.

-- The board approved Jules Comeau to a seat on the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES Board of Education.

-- There was some discussion about replacing the school sign near Rt. 30, possibly with an electronic sign like the one at Indian Lake Central. Board Member Christine Campeau will look into grants.

The board's next regular meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. It will gather at 6:30 p.m. for a walk-through of the building.


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