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Generator failure forces emergency action

After school programs cancelled as a result

The generator at Saranac Central School has failed, prompting an emergency expenditure and the cancellation of after school activities

The generator at Saranac Central School has failed, prompting an emergency expenditure and the cancellation of after school activities

Nevertheless, Cringle said about 90 percent of the $200,000 emergency project can be covered from an emergency aid from the state, including the rental of the temporary generator.

“So the downside is we have to use fund balance monies, because we didn't have it planned, but the upside is we'll be able to recuperate 90 percent of it because of eligibility for building aid,” Cringle said. “It shouldn't affect taxes. We'll still use some fund balance we didn't plan on using but we certainly won't use it to the tune of $200,000.”

The generator, in case of power outages, is the school’s emergency back up for any electrical failure including lighting, heating, and the coolers for the cafeteria.

Kringle said the board was under the impression there were backup battery systems the school could use in the meantime, but it was determined that alternative was too costly. The batteries would cost $15,000 a year.

The board is expected to enter into a formal contract to replace the generator during its next regular board meeting Nov. 15.

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