Fredonia board updated on pool leak

The Fredonia Central School Board of Education was updated on a leak of its pool which damaged equipment earlier in the month.

Business Administrator John Forbes informed the board about damage associated with a pool leak which occurred on Dec. 20. He said one of several pool filters cracked, so “water leaked into the chemical storage area instead of being recycled into the pool.”

The most serious problem Forbes said was damage to electrical panels located in the room where the water leaked. Several local service companies which deal with pool installation or electricity were consulted to help assess damage, and Forbes said it is recommended the panels be completely replaced, an assessment with which he said he agreed.

The filter is believed to date back to the 1970s when they were installed. Forbes said four remaining filters from the same time period were still in use, and the one of companies contacted for consultation will also assess whether the filters should be replaced.

A pool heater was also damaged in the incident, and the manufacturing company said it should be replaced despite being only three months old.

The leak was discovered when staff returned to the building just after 7 a.m. on the morning of the leak. Board member Thomas Hawk asked if any type of alarm system could be installed to alert staff of a problem before a large amount of damage is done. Forbes said feasibility of an alarm system was also being considered under advisement from consultants.

Forbes said the consultants were assisting in assessment “to put together a package” to submit to the school’s property insurance company.

In other business, Director of Instruction Joseph Reyda updated the board on state-required Annual Professional Performance Review standards. Reyda outlined standards for assessment. Middle School Principal Andrew Ludwig, who was involved with the process of developing the school’s compliance with the APPR, said the evaluation process is “easily three times as much work” as the review system previously implemented.

Elementary Principal Amy Piper concurred, and said the paperwork required prior to a single teacher’s review is roughly three to four pages typed single-spaced and takes time to prepare. She said “if anything comes up during the day” such as an emergency like the issue with the leaking pool, the disruption can cause significant delays in the evaluation process.

Reyda ended his presentation with a quote he attributed to an anonymous source, which stated, “Everything will be alright in the end. If its not, then it’s not the end.” He said the process has been challenging, but he has been “determined to be positive through the entire process.”

The next board of education meeting will take place on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in room 636.

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