Renovation project vote Feb. 4 in Fulton school district

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District board of education Tuesday approved several renovation projects with a proposed cost of $4.4 million.

The public will vote on the projects Feb. 4.

The district’s main priority is the replacement of the roofs at Lanigan and Granby elementary schools, which will comprise the majority of the cost. The roof renovations would take place in the summer of 2015.

The gym floor in Lanigan also must be replaced, as it has tested positive for mercury. Superintendent Bill Lynch said New York state’s laws regarding mercury disposal are so strict that the district may have to take the materials out of state.

Other items in the project include replacing the locksets in all classrooms and offices, paving work at Granby and the construction of an athletic storage building.

The district will sell bonds of up to $4.25 million to finance the capital project.

A public hearing regarding the renovations will be held at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at Lanigan Elementary School.

Also on the agenda

** Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Chris Ells reviewed the district’s fall sports season. A total of 414 students participated in modified, junior varsity and varsity sports, up 29 from the 2012 fall season.

Several student athletes qualified for NYS All League Honors, and Connor Goss, of the golf team, is set to compete in the state quarterfinals in May 2014.

Ells highlighted the cheerleading team’s activities as well. He said New York state does not yet classify cheerleading as a sport, but Fulton’s 27 cheerleaders are preparing for the Love to Cheer competition, which will take place Feb. 8 at G. Ray Bodley High School. The school will host more than 300 cheerleaders from 24 schools.

** Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners reviewed the district’s updated procedures for students in need of Academic Intervention Services (AIS).

The district has updated the academic standards for AIS students to better reflect the Common Core. AIS intervention now begins as soon as the students in need are identified instead of waiting until the following semester to start services.

Conners said that the parental notification system for AIS has also become more detailed.

In other business:

** Lynch thanked Volney interim principal Mike Egan for stepping into the role over the past few months. Lisa Garofalo has been chosen to take over as principal at Volney starting Jan. 6. “I truly appreciate the opportunity,” Egan said. “It is a very fun building.”

** The next school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2014, at the Education Center.

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