Indian Lake Central faced with asbestos cleanup

Indian Lake Central School

Indian Lake Central School Photo by John Grybos.

— During the meeting, after the emergency resolution was passed, discussion ensued about the fact that the surprise asbestos discoveries and the cost to mitigate them are seriously jeopardizing funding for a much-wanted generator.

In 2009, $1,720,000 of bond was approved by voters for the construction project. This was to include engineering, construction, plumbing, electrical and legal costs. In addition, in May of 2012, voters approved a Capital Reserve Fund of up to $147,000 to acquire a generator that would allow the school to be designated as an emergency shelter and permit classes continuing during power outages. The need to mitigate the surprise asbestos discoveries would override the need for a generator to be installed this year. Cost pressures are making this more of a reality.

With regard to other business, the board was introduced to the new ILCSD website. The site is much faster and more intuitive in its navigation. The site is currently live and in the process of being fully fleshed-out and continuously updated.

Principal, David Snide, provided an overview of the new teacher evaluation process and made mention of how the faculty has been extremely cooperative and adaptive to the new process.

The board regretfully accepted the resignation of Lori Bennet, effective Oct. 3.

The board approved the Central Treasurer, Cynthia Carroll. Other approvals included reimbursement for staff flu shots, mileage expense for Heather Yates 50 cents per mile for driving a student to school.

The board was also asked to approve a change in the Middle Schools trip to becoming an overnight trip from a day trip. The plan is to bring the 26 students to a “night at the Syracuse Zoo.” This is a special school program at the zoo and the students would take part in “behind the scenes” tours and activities in the evening and spend the night. The following day would include a breakfast, a visit to the campus of Syracuse University and lunch, before returning to ILCS. The point was made that since the students would be leaving for Syracuse at the close of the school day and returning the following day, the overnight trip would not require any more missed school time than the day trip. The board approved the trip being changed to an overnight trip.

The next meeting of the board will be Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

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