A Potentially Major Unexpected Expense… or nothing at all

The Octorara Area School District Board of Directors held its monthly Work Session meeting on September 8, 2014, as well as the Facilities Committee Meeting. Eight Board Members were in attendance at the Work Session, with Hank Oleyniczak absent. Also not present was Dr Newcome, who is out of town.

During the Work Session, the Board reviewed the Agenda Items, including Althouse Transportation drivers, bus routes, and regular hirings and changes in status, to be voted on at the Regular Meeting on September 15th.

Summer Projects Complete

The Facilities Committee received a report of completed Summer Projects that included:

  1. Painting (that included 7 classrooms),
  2. OES Paving,
  3. Bus Fueling Area,
  4. Culinary Arts Classroom,
  5. JRHS Cafeteria asbestos removal, and
  6. High School Cafeteria Floor repair and refinishing.

High School Water Infiltration

The District is waiting on a final solution to be proposed, but it appears fixing the “pipe to nowhere” will be an involved project. The Facilities Committee reiterated their commitment that this issue not cost taxpayers.

PLC Efflorescence & JRHS Masonry Specs

calculator-how-much-scaledIt appears that the Efflorescence problem, those ugly white stains on the masonry at the PLC, has the potential of being a Safety Issue. Therefore, the Facilities Committee is leaning toward recommending moving forward with core testing the brick. However, the current estimated price of the testing will be $15,000 – $20,000. The Committee has asked that multiple quotes be obtained.

The Efflorescence problem could, as had been believed for years, be just an aesthetics issue, but it could also be a serious safety issue if water has gotten behind the brick. It could become a major unexpected financial issue if a problem is found.

The Committee received word that the Specs for the JRHS Masonry project will cost at least $21,300. Additional information on the pricing was requested before moving forward.

School Safety: RAPTOR System Installed

Raptor is “the nation’s leading visitor management system for school security, providing instant sex offender and background checks to enhance school safety.” A visitor’s Driver’s License or other state issued ID is scanned, and Raptor will instantly screen for registered sex offenders in all 50 states, for individuals with restraining orders, custody issues, for suspended or expelled students, for known gang members, or for any custom alert. Implementation is pending policy creation.


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