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Dec 14, 2011 11:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays School Board Spends $16,000 On Roof Repairs

Dec 14, 2011 11:40 AM

The Hampton Bays Board of Education approved the transfer of $16,000 on Tuesday night to pay for emergency roof repairs made to the district’s elementary school.

According to Larry Luce, the district’s business administrator, a small section of roof that had been patched in the past starting leaking again last month, following a recent spell of cold weather that shrunk the patches, damaging some paperwork belonging to one of the school’s social workers. As a result, the district was forced to replace the entire section of roof, which he estimated to measure a few hundred square feet in size.

“It was very frustrating for the individual who works there,” Mr. Luce said.

He explained that the emergency repair work was completed last Thursday, December 8, and the finishing touches were made on Friday. The work was completed by Statewide Roofing, a contractor with offices in Islip.

“We finally said enough is enough,” Mr. Luce said. “We have patched this thing too many times to keep fiddling around with it.”

In an unrelated move, the board also unanimously approved moving forward with plans to relocate the district’s prekindergarten program from its current home at the elementary school to the high school building. On Tuesday, board members agreed to put out bids in January to renovate an underutilized classroom at the high school so it can accommodate prekindergarten students.

The decision to put the project out to bid suggests that the board is interested in moving forward with a new program that will allow a select group of high school students to work, while under the supervision of trained teachers, with the district’s prekindergarten students and receive high school credit. The credits earned would be applied toward their Child Development Associate certificate, which allows them to immediately take the required test to work in a child care facility upon graduation.

If the returned renovation bids are reasonable, the district will move forward with the program. If that happens, work to renovate the classroom will be done over the summer, so the program could be up and running by September 2012.

“The Board of Education has authorized both Larry and myself to put the plans together and bid the project to get exact prices,” said Hampton Bays School Superintendent Lars Clemensen. “Then the board will again consider if this is a program they would like to create.”

The high school classroom hosted a shop class during the 1980s and 1990s and, in 2008, was utilized as a technology room, according to officials. The classroom has not been utilized over the past three years.

Finally, the School Board on Tuesday night named 21 people to its budget advisory committee. Group members include school officials, community members, civic leaders and high school students who will be charged with helping compile the district’s spending plan for the 2012-13 school year. Mr. Clemensen and Mr. Luce will also sit on the advisory committee.

The budget advisory committee will hold its first meeting on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m., at the Hampton Bays Middle School. All meetings are open to the public.

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How about some repair work to the cement walkways right in front of main entrance to the High School? It has been cracked and ugly for years. Nobody noticed? It is a disgrace.
By Born Here (26), HB on Dec 15, 11 6:15 AM