Pine Valley discusses buildings and grounds

SOUTH DAYTON – With the upcoming budget season, discussion was on buildings and grounds at a recent Pine Valley Board of Education meeting.

Terry Howard, superintendent of buildings and grounds, gave a description of work which has been completed within the district recently. Howard said the district has fixed a cafeteria dishwasher, did renovations to the JV softball field, installed hand dryers throughout the elementary school and is maintaining buildings even though the department was reduced. He also spoke of the work done in the elementary library done completely in-house.

“I think it turned out beautifully,” Howard said.

Howard is training his employees to do repairs in-house to save money. The reduction in the department, according to Howard, was the retirement of an employee. The salary reduction was equivalent to $22,838 in the budget and the decision was made to not replace the retiree. Another cost saving measure will be the reduction of summer staff due to the building project this year.

For this upcoming budget season, Howard said drainage issues on the softball field needs to be addressed. He said either putting in new drainage or re-sloping the field would fix the pooling of water that occurs on the field. He said the cheaper option will be explored and go out to bid in the future. The project will be done in-house if the quotes are too high, Howard said. Larry Zollinger, board member, commended Howard and his department for their work.

“You guys have been doing a great job,” Zollinger said.

English teacher Alison Spacciapolli presented about the school newspaper, the Pine Valley Post. The newspaper is distributed electronically through students’ iPads and the students write and edit the articles. Spacciapolli presented the newspaper to the board of education to be recognized as an official club in 2014-2015.

“It’s really giving our students an avenue and outlet that they need,” Spacciapolli said.

The board also accepted the resignation of Donna Derby as teacher aide and the resignation of Carly Freiert as long-term substitute school psychologist.

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