BOE discusses alternates for new school
by John Conley
Several alternates will be likely be added to plans for the new Pineville Elementary School, the Wyoming County Board of Education learned last Monday morning.
Alternates expected to be approved when the BOE meets again are bleachers for the gymnasium, security cameras and a vinyl enchanced tile for the floors.
Floors with rubber content were one option considered, but Jeff Brewer, maintenance director, said the increased price of oil in recent years has driven the cost of rubber “sky high.”
Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackwell stated he would like to see security cameras in all school buildings, but it is not a high priority for the School Building Authority (SBA), which is funding most of the cost of the new school.
A planning session on the new Huff Consolidated will be held next week, Blackwell reported.
He said talks are taking place with the Division of Highways and the railroad on ways to improve the entrance to the school site.
A Community Participation Grant will help cover the cost of new bleachers at the Oceana Middle football field. The old baseball bleachers will be replaced first, Brewer reported, and then the football seating next. The new aluminum bleachers will have a concrete foundation.
Discussing a request from OMS to approve a student trip to see a movie, Board Member Michael Prichard expressed reservations about students who did not raise enough funds not being able to make the trip.
Board Member Mike Davis said he would agree if it was an elementary school class but thought middle school students were old enough to work to raise the money if they wanted to go.
Prichard said perhaps the the fundraiser could be arranged so that a top earning class would get to go.
The board approved a Home Language Survey designed to learn if a student’s first language is English and, if not, to provide some help.
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