Brocton BOE approves heat exchanger repair work

BROCTON – A number of topics were addressed and approved during the Brocton Board of Education’s regular meeting on Wednesday, including a change order for the EXCEL Capital Project regarding the heat exchanger.

At a previous meeting, the board was informed that the domestic water heater either needed to be repaired or replaced due to the buildup of scale on the inside of the metal. Scale is a buildup of minerals and dissolved solids formed on heated metal, causing hot spots and eventual failure.

Repairing the water heater, which the board agreed was the better option, was the cheaper of the two scenarios. The change order will cost $21,131, which will be covered by remaining funds in the budget for the capital project.

During his report to the board, Superintendent John Hertlein announced two candidates have been selected for this year’s Brocton Hall of Fame, which is slated for Sept. 20. Mark Zanghi, Class of 1972, and Derek Gee, Class of 1996, are the two inductees. Zanghi is a prosecuting attorney and Gee is a photojournalist for the Buffalo News.

“They’re both very excited about having the opportunity to be inducted,” Hertlein said.

Hertlein also spoke briefly regarding the capital project.

“It’s a whole lot further along than it was two weeks ago and, quite frankly, five days ago,” he said. “I believe there isn’t too much interruption right at the moment since most people are working second shift underneath or on top of the building and in some of the halls.”

After Hertlein’s report, both school principals reported a positive first day of school within the district. The school year officially started on Wednesday. The cafeteria staff was also commended for an excellent transition into the newly remodeled cafeteria.

Also during the meeting, the board approved an elementary education classroom for the new school year in order to cover the increased number of first-grade students. Enrollment topped 50 students this year, according to Hertlein. Tracey McFadden, who was on the Preferred Eligibility List, was recalled by the board to return to the full-time position in the elementary tenure area to occupy the new classroom.

A resolution to accept a $2,500 grant awarded to the school district from the Walmart Corporation was also approved. The grant was secured by business teacher Diane Eades. The money will be used to fund projects related to the Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies and the Middle School/High School Book Club.

The board also changed Laurie Skinner’s civil service title from typist II to school secretary/senior typist. Skinner recently passed an upgrade civil service test to be elevated to the new position.

Hertlein also announced that Laurie Neratko received her license as a clinical social worker, meaning the school does not have to pay for a person to supervise her during any work involving Medicaid.

At the end of the meeting, the board entered into executive session to discuss a collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Brocton School Teacher’s Association. Before doing so, a tentative collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Brocton School Secretarial Association, as well as another agreement between the district and the Brocton School Food Service Helpers Association, Inc., were both approved.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the board room.

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