condition survey, outlining their recommendations for work to be done over the next five years. The items, for example of repairing a roof or installing new carpet or windows, will appear in a spreadsheet format, with estimated cost indicated and with each item categorized as a first-year priority or beyond.
“The document itself is a living, breathing document that is constantly evolving,” Rathbun related. It’s useful for incoming board members as well, he added, as they can see in an organized manner what the building conditions are and the history of building improvements.
Board member Ronald Sturgeon, who chairs the building and grounds committee, agreed. When he joined the board, he said, a document like this would have been useful.
“We have a lot of great schools here, but they’re also tired,” Sturgeon said. “Rather than just doing project after project…this is a living document. I think it’s going to be a great document to have to move forward.”
Gorham added that it will be cost effective for the district to know which items will be in need of continuous repair verses at what point constructing a new building would be a better option. “We don’t want to throw good money at a bad situation,” he said.
In other business, the board approved its calendar for 2017, with meetings typically occurring on the third Thursday of the month, following work sessions at 6:30 p. m., in the high school library.
Student representative Zariah Januszewski reported that senior Kyle Gegaris was named to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches’ Association All-State Team. In 2016, Gegaris scored 42 goals and added 12 assists. In his career, the Comets went to the District 2 final four each year, winning the championship in 2015 and winning a silver medal in 2016.
The junior class will be sponsoring the high school’s annual blood drive on Dec. 21, to benefit the American Red Cross. A band and chorus holiday concert is also scheduled for Dec. 21, at 7 p. m. in the high school auditorium.