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Odessa may complete generator in six weeks

ODESSA—Work on a generator at Odessa-Montour may finally be finished in six weeks after the project was started in the 2003-04 school year.
Richard Lapieere, maintenance supervisor, gave an update on the work at the Thursday, March 10, Odessa-Montour school board meeting.  Superintendent Jim Frame said the district entered into a capital project in the 2003-04 school year and installation of a generator was included in the work.  He explained the company in charge of this project, Atlantic Energy, mis-engineered the unit and even ended all contact with the district.
Frame said Odessa-Montour brought in other people to do the work.  Lapieere said he is ordering new pumps to complete the project and should have those installed in six to seven weeks.  Frame said the money to pay for the $16,000 for pumps will be covered by the litigation against Atlantic Energy.  He explained other school districts experienced the same problems with the company and Atlantic Energy is no longer allowed to do business in New York state.
Frame said there will be a cost savings when the generator is up and running.  He added it’s good equipment, but it was engineered wrong.
In other business:
• The board also heard an update on the current capital project.  The new phone system will be installed during spring break.
• Two propositions were approved for the May school district ballot.  Residents will vote on increasing the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library and the Montour Falls Memorial Library tax levies both by $2,500.  The district also wants to continue participating in a bus purchase program.  District residents will also vote on spending $225,000 to purchase two school buses.
• Sara Fontana, B.C. Cate principal, reported students would be raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital with a Math-A-Thon.  She said the school has raised $14,000 for St. Jude’s over the last five years.
• Greg Conlon, middle and high school principal, said 49 of 52 students passed the English Language Arts Regents in January.
• The board accepted a $1,225 donation from the Fine Arts Boosters to purchase a backdrop for the auditorium.
• A Finger Lakes Basketball Camp was approved for this summer.  Frame said registration revenue covers the program’s cost.
• The board approved the novel “Anthem” by Ayn Rand to be used in the tenth grade.
The next school board meeting is a workshop, Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. 






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