Locker decision

elyBy Jaime Thomas

The Granville Board of Education moved a bit closer to making a decision about the boys locker room Monday night.

After having an opportunity to look at and feel physical samples of new lockers, board members discussed their options. District Superintendent Mark Bessen explained what the refurbishment process would entail.

“It would be bending back the doors, gentle sanding and a powder coat. The latches might still stick, but they’ll look a lot better,” he said. A repairman gave a $16,000 estimate for the job, but both Bessen and District Business Manager Cathy Somich said they think that number might go up after the contractor looked at each locker.

Should the board opt for new lockers, they have to choose between three different options. The first and cheapest option would cost about $50,000 and would be guaranteed for only two years.

“The metal is not as strong,” Bessen said, but the end locker of each row would be reinforced more solidly.

The second choice is welded, but Bessen said the doors could still torque. The third and favorite option among Bessen and some board members is the “Bulldog locker,” which would cost a bit over $60,000.

“It has a lifetime warrantee and it’s a heavy, heavy gauge steel,” Bessen said, adding that the lockers would still be perforated in between to help dry out contents and eliminate “funk.” He also recommended the district pay more for galvanized treatment that would reinforce and prevent rust.

“As we learn about lockers we’re finding out more,” he said, and he thanked Somich for her hard work in the process. The board’s building committee plans on walking through the locker room with the contractor and get a close estimate before any decisions are made.

Another continuing issue from the previous meeting is the concession stand that local contractors volunteered to build at no cost to the district.

At the beginning of August, Somich submitted their plans to the state education department for approval, expecting a quick turnaround. Unfortunately, the process might take longer than expected because the existing concession stand will be torn down.

“State Ed said we have to make a few changes: adding a door and changing a wall to meet requirements,” Somich said. “But now they’re wondering, ‘has this building been tested for lead or asbestos?’”

She said she was fairly certain there was no asbestos in building but could not answer for lead. Other board members thought the presence of lead seemed unlikely.

“If we do have to do this test, we’re out two weeks. There’s no way we’ll have this done before the season,” Somich said.

Staff changes

Also during the board approved several staff additions and changes.

Adam Burr will join the district as a high school physical education teacher, while Julia Pooler will teach special education. Additionally, Leslie Klami will serve as a substitute teacher and teaching assistant, Chris Cook will be a mentor coordinator and Cory Burton will be head golf coach.

The board also approved a motion to abolish the position of Diane Quick, director of technology and employment, so neighboring districts can share her services.

Bessen explained that the move came out of the regionalization study several districts within the county conducted last school year.

“This is one of the jobs we can share,” Bessen said. He said the superintendents of Argyle, Salem, Fort Ann, Hartford and Granville interviewed a few candidates and were “highly, highly impressed with Mrs. Quick.”

“This looks like a win-win for regional sharing, this looks like a win-win for Mrs. Quick and this looks like a win-win for Granville,” he said. Other schools will be able to utilize Quick’s skills.

“BOCES is very excited about this service, and other schools are looking at how this is working. Now we have the best of both worlds,” he said.

The next board of education meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

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