Waverly schools' capital project moves forward
Several projects in the Waverly Central School District are moving forward this summer, superintendent Joseph Yelich told members of the board of education Thursday.
Projects approved by the New York State education department include a boiler replacement and the installation of voice-over-Internet phone systems and wireless Internet throughout the district, Yelich said.
The playground at Lincoln Street Elementary School, which was dismantled earlier this year due to safety concerns, will also be replaced, Yelich said. That project is ready to move forward on a state contract basis, he said.
Yelich said the projects will be sent out for bids following the Independence Day holiday. Bids will likely be awarded in early August, he said.
District officials still await official word from the state education department on a project to renovate Memorial Stadium. However, Yelich said Thursday he expects to hear good news regarding the project in the near future.
The board approved a resolution Thursday to standardize the purchase of energy cogeneration components. The district's power generation system, installed by Tecogen, has a unique set of requirements, equipment and repair standards, Yelich said.
The resolution allows the district to purchase any needed components through the company without having to bid them out, Yelich said. Since the district already has "trained staff empowered to do owner-serviceable work" on the system, Yelich said, the resolution will also save the district on future training costs.
Thursday's meeting was the last for departing board members Lisa Kisel and George Gutierrez, whose terms expire at the end of the month. The board bid farewell to Gutierrez with a plaque commemorating his years of service. Kisel, who was not present Thursday, will receive her plaque at a later date, said board president Joseph Picco.
Kisel and Gutierrez "served unselfishly and represented us very well" during their years of service, Picco said. "You will be sorely missed at our table," Picco told Gutierrez.
Colleen Talada and Kasey Traub will begin five-year terms on the board effective July 1.
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