School seeks voter approval to replace roof


T he Whitehall school district has proposed a $240,000 capital project to replace a pair of roofs at the high school and local voters will be given an opportunity to vote on the measure next month.

The district has proposed the removal and replacement of the swimming pool roof and cafeteria roof at the high school.

A public vote will be held on the project from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, inside the Large Group Instructional room at the high school.

The cost of the proposal is not to exceed $240,000. Superintendent James Watson said the project won’t have a tax impact because the school will use monies from an unreserved portion of its general fund balance that are leftover from a previous capital project.
If approved, the project would be the latest in a number of improvements made to the high school over the last several years.

Last winter, the district completely renovated the high school auditorium, included the replacement of that roof after voters approved the $625,000 project.

In 2009, voters overwhelmingly approved the complete renovation of the high school gymnasium.

Both projects involved areas of the school used heavily by the community. A number of community events and organizations are held annually in the auditorium and gymnasium, and the pool is used frequently by different community groups.

Next month’s vote will also include a proposal to purchase one 41 passenger and one 65 passenger school bus.

The cost of those purchases is not to exceed $220,000 and will be paid for using monies from an unreserved portion of its general fund balance leftover from previous years’ bus purchases.

 

Business Manager Departs

In other matters, Watson confirmed that business manager Jodi Bradshaw has left the district for a position within the Shenendehowa School District.

Bradshaw said she enjoyed her time at Whitehall but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to work closer to her home in Mechanicville.

Watson praised Bradshaw’s tenure at Whitehall.

“She’s done a great job for us and has been a real asset to the district,” Watson said.

The district is currently seeking applicants for a new business manager and expects to hire someone in the coming year.

 

Board President Virginia Rivette told the board the district will give Bruce Young a $1,131 refund on his school taxes.

Young had filed a petition in small claims court that his taxes were too high and the court ordered the district to provide a refund.

The board also approved a three year contract with Pam Telisky to serve as a special education instructor and approved the appointment of Grant Gebo as an unpaid assistant modified wrestling coach.

Before the meeting, students, faculty and members of the board observed a brief moment of silence in memory of the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last Friday.

 

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