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Board takes steps forward with ACS renovation

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
April 02, 2014
ALTON — The Alton School Board met with Chip Krause of CMK Architects to discuss the renovation to Alton Central School that will be happening this summer.

Krause said that the total length of the project would be approximately 10 months total. He said construction wouldn't start until July 1 at the earliest. He said drawings have to be created and he recommended sending out select bid request in the coming months.

He said he has already contacted Tom Boudette as a possible clerk of the works, as Krause worked with him on the renovation project in Wolfeboro some two years ago.

Krause said he expects the focus of the project over this summer to be putting up the next addition along Pine Street and removing the old modular buildings.

"I don't see a huge amount of work inside the building for this particular summer," Krause said.

He was asked about keeping the cost of the project below the $4.2 million price tag.

"It won't be any more than [$4.2 million], that's for sure," Krause added.

Member Steve Miller voiced his concern about some of the work done at Prospect Mountain High School.

Krause said that most of the work ends up getting subcontracted out.

Miller suggested that the public should be informed about the progress of the project every step of the way and information about delays, if there are any.

Andy McLeod, the Chairman of the Alton Budget Committee, asked the administration for monthly expenditure reports.

The board approved using the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank for a five-year bond, with a total cost of $4,171,434. This was considerably lower than the other option of using Profile Bank for a five-year or 10-year loan or using a 10-year bond.

During public input, Ruth Arsenault questioned the board using part of April vacation to make up for snow days.

Superintendent Bill Lander said that there were only three days cancelled, two for snow and one for a concern about carbon monoxide.

The board approved the disposal of equipment in the weight room that was unsafe, with the option to donate the equipment that was still in good shape to the high school.

The enrollment as of March 1 was announced as 542 students. Last year at the same time, the enrollment was 559 students.

The board and Business Administrator Kathy O'Blenes reviewed questions that Miller had about the February manifest.

The board approved several resignations with regret, including the resignation of Principal Sydney Leggett, who recently accepted as position at Gilford Middle School as its principal.

Her last day with ACS will be on June 30, and she will start in Gilford on July 1.

Leggett talked about the recent completion of the master schedule for next year and possibility of adding foreign language classes online.

There was some discussion about forming an oversight committee regarding the building renovation project at ACS.

The board approved several policies regarding alternative learning plans, public donations, acceptance of gifts and civility.

The board tabled a policy regarding public conduct on school property after Miller talked about weapons on school property being included. Miller requested that the policy be looked at, and he also suggested reviewing the policy regarding weapons on school property.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton School Board is on Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Central School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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