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Watkins board tours school facilities

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen school board held its annual facilities tour Monday, Sept. 21.
Mike DeNardo, buildings manager, led the tour of the elementary, middle, and high school facilities.  He pointed out all the major potential projects on the building conditional survey.  The survey must be done every five years.  He added it is also being tied into the school’s long range plan.  DeNardo said not all of the potential projects are done or done within this five year cycle.  He also said that the building survey would be finished for discussion in the spring.
DeNardo said the total projects in the two buildings each costs $3.8 million.  The common work includes updating lighting, uni-venting, new windows, and roof work. In the middle school potential work would be in the cafeteria, upgrading facilities to what the high school has.  DeNardo also said the gym needed new windows because they are from 1977 and 1986.  He said the auditorium needed new theater lighting, the aisles carpeted, and the seats redone.  While in the library, DeNardo said there was talk of expanding it into the classroom next door.
In the high school/elementary building, DeNardo again pointed out places where the ceiling could be lowered.  There were several bathrooms he said could be updated.
In the auditorium he pointed out that it is the original 1950s facilities; including the lighting and seats.  He said the curtains had been updated.  DeNardo said there was little that needed to be done to the Field House, but fencing should be done to the fields.  He also said they want to put permanent bathrooms at the football stadium.
Board member Gloria Brubaker asked what would happen if the district started funding these projects and were told by the state that they would be consolidated.  Phillips pointed out, even if the district was considering consolidation within itself to one building, there was not enough room at the elementary/high school building for all of the middle school students.  Board member Tom Richardson pointed out if the state told them to consolidate with another district the state would have to provide the funds.
Phillips also said that was part of the long range plan, what the district’s future plans might be.  DeNardo added that it was good to keep the middle school building up to date so if the district wanted to sell it, the building would be marketable.
In other business:
• The board heard and accepted the audit report on the district.  The auditor said there were no inefficiencies and that the district was in a good position for the future.  He pointed out that compared to last year the district got 10 percent more state and local aid.
• The board approved endorsing October as national Month of the Young Adolescent.  Phillips said it was to promote the importance of middle level education.
The next regular meeting will be Monday, Oct. 5 at approximately 6:30 p.m. 

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