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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Projects discussed by board

  • During Tuesday night's meeting of the Wayne Highlands School Board Committee superintendent Greg Frigoletto talked about some projects the district hopes to do. They are all proposed projects and no timetable has been set yet.
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  • -During Tuesday night's meeting of the Wayne Highlands School Board Committee superintendent Greg Frigoletto talked about some projects the district hopes to do. They are all proposed projects and no timetable has been set yet.
    On March 23 the board will be touring all the facilities in the district and seeing where improvements can be made, such as the Preston roof, a project that is currently out to bid.
    Frigoletto said they are debating whether they will recoat the roof or if it will be a total replacement. He said it also depends on the bids. The biggest problem with the roof is "wet installation."
    "When we meet in April the decision should be determined," he said. "The project can range between $5,000 and $8,000."
    As of Nov. 30 the capital improvement fund was "around $1.2 million" with "about $8,000 in interest." Frigoletto said about $74,000 is used towards technology purposes, which would leave approximately $1,134,000 left.
    Other proposed projects include updating the fire alarm system in the middle and Preston schools (about $2,000); adding external storage behind the gym in the high school ($39,000 expected); and getting blacktop done ($40,000 range). Just those projects alone leaves about $12,000.
    Frigoletto also mentioned areas that need to be addressed concerning abatement and renovation.
    One of those projects would be to renovating the vocal and band rooms in the high school.
    "It's these types of projects that allow us to continue to update our facilities," Frigoletto said.
    There are abatement issues in the hall by the office and auditorium in the high school as well as the library. Frigoletto said the library is "functioning" but not what they want a "21st century" library to be, so they are looking into also renovating it.
    The auditorium in the high school has asbestos in the ceiling that needs to be addressed too. Frigoletto said they should look into replacing the seats, which total just under $1,000.
    "We've done a good job maintaining them, but they are old," he said. "It's a nice space. Anyone who had a part in designing the auditorium did a great job."
    The auditorium would cost about $95,000 for abatement. The 400 area bathrooms also need abatement in the ceiling.
    Frigoletto also mentioned "future potential" projects the district would like to do. One of the bigger projects would be to redesign the layout and make a double buzz system in the main office of the high school. Others include door replacement in the middle school, double doors in Lakeside around the classrooms that would be closed during the day, double buzzing in Stourbridge and upgrading the double vestibule system in the Damascus school.
    He said that these would be for "security purposes" and wants to make a double buzz system in all of the school buildings.
    Page 2 of 2 - Blacktop was brought up again, which Frigoletto said should cost around $40,000. He said "in the spring" they'll start making a list and the blacktop will be done in order of "priority." He said they see from "year to year" what the priority will be as to which area gets new blacktop first.
    Frigoletto said they are also looking into doing patchwork on the tennis courts. He said that "later on" they may decide to do a "rip and tear" of the courts like they did with the track.
    The concrete stairs by the middle school were also brought up. Frigoletto said they will have to take a "serious look" in a few years. He feels right now the stairs are in "good condition" for the most part.
    He also said they will look into technology more and that they need to come up with a "long-term" plan.
    "All of these are great ideas that help enhance our facilities," Frigoletto stated.
    Right now most of these projects are still in discussion, with the exception of the Preston roof, which is out to bid already.
    Other business
    The committee also discussed the proposed calendar for the 2013-14 school year. Frigoletto said the calendar is "about the same" as it was for the 2012-13 school year.
    As of right now June 12 is the tentative last day of school, with high school graduation tentatively set for June 15 and Preston graduation for June 10.

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