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Dundee school work comes in underbid

DUNDEE—Possible alternates were presented for phase two of the capital project at Dundee Central School during the May 13 meeting of the board of education. Business manager Melissa Lawson said Phase I came in significantly under projections and she would like to formulate a possible list of alternates to put out with the bid packet for the next phase, which includes the bulk of site work and interior work, mainly heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
The list included high school gym cooling, extending the cooling capability included in the base project to the second floor, running sanitary sewer and water to the possible future site of a field house, consideration of upgrading the surface of the track from medium to premium and sod the football field. Also on the list was replacement of exterior doors, unit ventilators, which would provide ability to standardize all equipment, removal of locker rooms from the same HVAC as the Discovery Room and “carving up” the roof plan into thirds.
Following Lawson’s presentation, the board agreed to accept the list. Lawson said she hopes to have approval from State Education Department (SED) in early June, bids in mid-June and begin Phase II in July. She said, “We need to agree on the bid alternates to send to SED. Koehler noted the items on the list were considered in the past, and including them on the list in no way commits the district to do them.
In other business: Interim District Superintendent Kathy Ring was formally appointed as superintendent of schools.
• Accepted a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s for a Serenity Garden. The grant was obtained through the efforts of elementary principal Laurie Hopkins-Halbert.
• During the public comment portion of the meeting, American Legion Auxiliary president Karen Maynard spoke to the board about the American Legion parade May 22. She said the DCS band has been invited every year but has not been involved with the parade. She said the community would like to hear the band and feels they should march in the Legion parade. Later in the meeting board of education vice president James Koehler said he feels what the band is doing is totally adequate. The band will participate in the Memorial Day parade a week later, giving the community a chance to see them. Ring said the weekend of the American legion parade, one week before Memorial Day, is the only weekend band members have off in May.
• Students were reminded they must have their service learning in order to graduate, Koehler said, “If you don’t have it you will not graduate.”
The board heard an update on the Natural Helpers program at DCS from faculty members Sharla Yarnell and Jessica Cappelluti. The program began at DCS in 1999. Two power point presentations were shown to the board of education that illustrated good and poor behavior in a humorous manner.
• Ring said summer school plans are moving ahead. Penn Yan will host it this year with Marcus Whitman Central School.

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