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Odessa's capital project will start during spring break

ODESSA—The Odessa-Montour school board approved bids for the district’s capital project at the Thursday, March 11, school board meeting.
Superintendent Jim Frame said work would start during spring break, with asbestos abatement. The asbestos abatement work was awarded to Metro Contracting for $351,300.
The board also approved Ace Unlimited’s $2,727,042 bid for general trades work. Kimble Inc. was awarded the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work for $1,301,180. Electric work went to John Mills Electric for $451,480. The board approved Billitier Electric to do technology work for $300,550. Joseph Flihan Co. was awarded the kitchen equipment work for $340,900.
The bid for plumbing was not awarded. The board agreed to Welliver-McGuire’s recommendation to further review the bids in that category.
The main focus of the renovation project is to make the school buildings more energy efficient. New windows and doors will be installed that would create significant energy savings. Heating systems would also be upgraded.
The most noticeable part of the project will be changes to where the B.C. Cate playground and parking lot are located. The project also includes new indoor and outdoor concession stands and renovations to the auditorium at the main school building.
Vicki Kron and Wendy Shutter, Sports Boosters Club representatives, asked the board if they could have some input when it comes to the work on the concession stands. Frame said that would happen.
In other business:
The board approved the bus purchase proposition to be placed on the May ballot. The board is asking to spend no more than $218,000 to purchase two school buses. The board tabled decision on placing the tax levy increase for Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library and Montour Falls Memorial Library on the ballot. Frame will get the board more information on why this is done and the board can then vote on it at this week’s budget meeting.
A new reading program for B.C. Cate was approved. Principal Sara Fontana presented to the board on My Reading Street and My Sidewalks, by Scott Foresman. She said it is one of two popular programs that are most used. Fontana said the school looked into a new reading program because the student data she had been gathering about the current program showed it needed support.
The cost of the program will come from Title 1 funds and B.C. Cate’s text book fund. The board approved for the new program to be implemented in stages. My Sidewalks, intensive support for students, will be purchased first, for $10,760. My Reading Street will be then be purchased for second grade, for $11,796, and then first grade, for $16,000.
The board accepted $2,728 from the O-M Fine Arts Boosters Club to purchase a wireless microphone system.
The board nominated Delmar Bleiler to serve on the GST BOCES School Boards Association.
Shutter reported to the board that Sports Boosters had collected $9,200 for an electric sign for the school.
Frame said earlier that day students had attended a Teen Truth assembly, about anti violence and bullying. The assembly was the idea of the student council.
Russ Gardner, high school math teacher, presented to the board about how he uses the Activboards in the classroom.

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