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Sherman school officials discuss capital project plans

September 2, 2017
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Improvements in the pre-K classroom floor inspired a four-year plan for the use of capital outlay funds which will provide new flooring for all the classrooms, Sherman Central School District Board of Education members learned at their regular meeting on Aug. 21.

At the July meeting, Sherman Superintendent Michael Ginestre took board members on a tour to view the pre-K classroom, which had been renovated after a wall was removed to increase space.

Ginestre said the difference the new carpet makes impressed him so much that he sat down with facilities director Jared Oehlbeck and discussed the possibility of replacing classroom flooring throughout the building. "Our carpets are old, stained, ratty, one-piece carpets," he said.

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The sidewalk in front of Door B at Sherman Central School has been replaced. All students will now be dropped off at this door.

Ginestre said he believes it will take four years, using capital outlay funds, to complete the project. "We will do five to seven rooms a year until they're all done," he added.

In other business, Ginestre told board members about several topics that would be discussed at a public safety night on August 30. One of the most important changes is that all buses will now drop off students at Door B in the rear parking lot.

"We will present entrance and exit procedures," Ginestre said. "All students will enter and exit the building through Door B."

Ginestre also told the board that the difference between a lock-out and a lock-down will be explained to parents at the August 30 meeting. We will further explain why we can communicate some things right away, and no others, he added.

At the beginning of the meeting, Paul Fisher was sworn in as a new board member. Fisher fills the vacancy left by long-time board member Gary DeLellis, who passed away recently.

Ginestre also relayed information from School Business Administrator, Kimberly Oehlbeck regarding a bond refunding resolution.

Ginestre told the board that there is a potential refunding opportunity which would save the district approximately $4551 annually. "Over the course of payback the district could save almost $100,000," he said.

Ginestre reminded board members that the parking lots are being resurfaced, noting that the town and the village are helping with the project. The sidewalk at the Door B entrance has also been replaced, he noted.

School Principal Bryna Booth requested and subsequently received board approval for Kathryn Brown as the school's new Earth Science teacher.

Booth also told board members that Kyte training was made available to faculty members over the summer. Ten teachers have taken courses on their own time, Booth said.

Some changes have been made to the student handbook Booth told board members. "Possession or receiving stolen or forged property has been added to the Level III chart for disciplinary action," Booth said.

In another matter, Ginestre told board members "We have found a contractor who will help us with our school psychology needs." The board approved signing a contract with Kara Soderberg.



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