Meeting: Dundee Central School District board of education met for approximately one hour on Jan. 14. The meeting was preceded by an executive session to discuss personnel matters lasting 30 minutes. Attendance: Board member James Koehler was absent. Twenty people were in the audience. Action: Accepted a grant for energy conservation study from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in the amount $28,820.
• Approved Phase I Bid Alternate for construction of a new entrance sign. The sign would be masonry and match the main building. Cost was estimated at $60,000. If adopted as part of the plan, the existing sign would be moved to the rear entrance. Board of education president Joseph Capurso said, “This is to establish it as an option. That’s all.” Discussion without action: District business manager Melissa Lawson presented the first portion of the proposed district budget for 2010-11.
• Lawson said the district has the building permit for Phase I of the capital project. She said she hopes to get bid documents out soon. The first phase is connected to masonry work. Lawson said Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning will be studied regarding phasing of the work which will be done during the school year. Superintendent of Schools Kathy Ring said that work will be done in April, a critical time for students. There will be a meeting in late January to discuss a phasing plan.
• Gary Clingerman, who coached the DCS softball team last year, told board members he has been approached by someone who would like to provide dugouts for the softball team. The dugouts would be a benefit in inclement weather and be put on skids so they could be moved as needed. Clingerman said there would be no cost to the district for the dugouts. Capurso asked Clingerman to provide details to the district office and Lawson asked that an approximate value of the project also be included in details.
• Ring presented an update on the survey conducted in mid fall that was completed by 135 people. Twenty two said they were interested in serving on a committee. She said, “I think it shows parents and community members would like to provide input.” Ring said there will be a survey review meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the community meeting room. Upcoming meetings: Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the public meeting room.