2001-04-25 / Front Page
Three Propositions On New Elementary School Planned For Referendum Vote Haldane Board President Dan Crimmins to be challenged by Dave Merandy in upcoming election for board seat
Wording for the three propositions planned for the referendum vote on June 20, 2001 was fine tuned at the Haldane Board of Education workshop on April 17. When questioned by Dave Merandy about why the health and safety issues were "sidelined" into a separate proposition, Board President Dan Crimmins replied that the board had to include the building of the new science labs in with the mandated renovations. The reason being, any renovation of any type to the current school would trigger the enforcement of the mandated renovations which, according to the State, include health and safety issues. Mr. Merandy was concerned that the health and safety issues were not being addressed in a timely fashion and in fact, would not be addressed at all if that proposition failed. Of the $5,019,200, approximately $3.3 million is earmarked for the mandated renovations. In replying, Trustee Paul Kaye said that the majority of the health and safety issues had already been addressed. He also said that of the health and safety issues remaining, the ventilation system would be the most costly. When questioned further by Mr. Merandy about the ventilation system, Paul Kaye replied that current ventilation was achieved by opening windows and letting in fresh outside air, an excellent system, which has worked well over the years; however, the new building code for schools demands an installed air filtration and ventilation system and any new school would include it. He further explained that should the new science labs be built in the current school, that renovation would trigger the installation of a new ventilation system, which is why the science labs and the mandated renovations are combined together in one of the three propositions.