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Odessa reviews new building projects

ODESSA—The Odessa-Montour school board heard about phase two of the district’s capital project, at the monthly workshop meeting, Thursday, Oct. 28.
Craig Hopkins, Welliver-McGuire representative, spoke to the board about the next round of building improvements.  He explained suggestions for projects are being accepted.  Work will be done as funds allow.  Hopkins said the goal is to finalize the design by December, so the proposal can be sent to the New York State Education Department.  If the state approves it, the district could seek bids in the spring.  This is similar to how the first phase proceeded.
Superintendent Jim Frame said many of the new proposals came about as improvements were done to the school this year.  For example, he said after the student parking lot was paved, the district realized a sidewalk was needed along the side of the lot.  That way students wouldn’t walk in front of cars.
Richard Lapierre, buildings and grounds manager, said some projects on the list include new metal siding on the field shed, improving the tennis courts, replacing the outdoor track, and work on the bus garage roof.
Board member Scott Westervelt also added some things he wanted to see addressed: lights at the tennis courts, the wall at the shallow end of the pool, the announcement system at the pool, and the outside scoreboard.  Some of his suggestions were already in the proposal.  Frame said he would take any suggestions the board had and also add them to the list.
In other business:
Chris Wood, history teacher, presented his draft athletic manual.  He went over it with the board, covering all of its sections.  Wood explained he got the material from the GST BOCES, New York State Public High School Athletic Association, and Section IV.  The manual covers what is expected of the students, parents, coaches, and spectators.
Wood said he had also shared it with administrators, 15 coaches, 18 student athletes, and eight parents and community members.  He said people liked that it showed the chain of command for addressing concerns; its emphasis on sportsmanship; and that it explains the selection process for the modified, junior varsity, and varsity level sports.
The board added additional comments, like suggesting a preseason meeting between parents, student athletes, and coaches about what the manual covers.  The board will approve the manual at a future meeting after changes are made. 


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