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Details to tie up with elementary school renovation

PINE PLAINS — While the majority of work on the Pine Plains Central School District’s Seymour Smith Elementary School building has been completed, there are a few smaller projects that have yet to be finished. Some have been postponed until the summer, while one, the repair of a small portion of a parapet roof, is awaiting bids.

The section of roof has to be replaced due to water damage to wood underneath. Some board members are interested in replacing the roof with copper, which was the original material used. Copper, while more expensive, would last longer, as Trustee Todd Bowen has argued at several board meetings. He said it will save the district money in the long run, despite the greater initial cost. The other option would be to go with a rubberized material, which would be less expensive up front but has a shorter useful life.

At the Jan. 5 Board of Education meeting, the board members decided to separate the work from the main project and bid it out separately, to see what the cost differential would be.

Also at the Jan. 5 meeting, there was discussion of the updated building condition survey. All of the educational buildings (Cold Spring Early Leaning Center, Seymour Smith and the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School) are rated satisfactory, while the district’s bus garage continues to be rated unsatisfactory. The goal is to replace the garage within the next five years. The survey was filed with the New York State Education Department following the meeting.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. The board will review progress on education and community goals that it set in August 2010.

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