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Pierson, Bay Street Plan Meeting for 31st (Plus Cafeteria Update)

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By Claire Walla


For some, the case is closed.

For others, it’s hard to know where to begin.

But for administrators in the Sag Harbor School District, the discussion surrounding the future of the Bay Street Theatre carries on.

Recently, the theater announced it will not stay at its current location on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor when its three year lease expires next year. Instead, Bay Street wants to find a more permanent home. Southampton Village has offered Bay Street the current Parrish Art Museum space  on Jobs Lane — which will be vacated later this year when the museum moves to a new home of its own. But theater board members have expressed a strong desire to stay in Sag Harbor and two weeks ago, hosted a public meeting to explore the possibility.

One option raised that night was the creation of a new theater at Pierson High School that could accommodate both Bay Street and school productions.

Addressing the Sag Harbor Board of Education at a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, district superintendent Dr. John Gratto announced the district would be meeting with Bay Street Theatre board members on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. Dr. Gratto said he had met with the theater’s executive director, Tracy Mitchell, and proposed next week’s meeting “for the purpose of discussing how we might collaborate with each other.”

School board member Chris Tice supported the idea, but urged Dr. Gratto to create an agenda that could be circulated to the public before discussions get underway.

“Let’s get it out there early,” she said.

School board’s president Mary Anne Miller agreed.

“This is the right thing to do,” she said, adding “It will probably be a lively discussion.”

The meeting will be open to the public and largely revolve around a plan already in place for the construction of a new Pierson Middle/High School auditorium. The blueprint for a 300-seat auditorium was created in 2009, but was never put to a community vote as part of a bond measure.

However, this fall the school’s Facilities Planning Committee recommended the school board continue to pursue the reconstruction project through private funds instead of taxpayer money. (The committee also recommended the district pursue the most expensive of three proposed reconstruction plans, at an estimated cost of $12 million.)

Dr. Gratto said rebuilding the school’s auditorium is a crucial aspect of any potential collaboration.

“There are hundreds of details that still need to be fleshed out,” Dr. Gratto added. “But my general rule is: if there’s a will, there’s a way.”


In other news…


School district business director Janet Verneuille reported that the Pierson cafeteria has improved its sales — and its menu — since its new manager Greg Pisciotta came on board at the beginning of last year.

“Last year at this time we had a loss of about $20,000,” Verneuille said.

Referring to a chart that showed cafeteria revenues and expenditures for the first half of both 2010 and 2011, she explained the cafeteria earned about $13,973 more this year than it had by this time last year.

“We think we’ll come in in the black this year,” Verneuille continued. “Break even, or maybe run a $5,000 to $6,000 profit.”

Verneuille added that Pierson had the exact same number of students in December 2011 as it did in December 2010, so “obviously, we’re selling more.”

According to Pisciotta, this was the goal when he came on board last year: to break-even and to make the program healthier.

He said he increased program participation by increasing the presence of popular menu items and adding items students specifically requested (like flavored tea). He also cut costs by getting rid of ingredients that weren’t frequently used — food items he referred to as “orphans” — and cracking down on portion control.

“Everyone knows and loves Sue Higgins,” Pisciotta said of the woman who considerately serves Pierson students each afternoon. “But, I always kid her that she feeds the kids like they’re her kids and they’re going off to war.”

He said he’s tried to regulate more portion control to ensure the cafeteria maintains healthy profit margins.

In the way of providing healthier options, Pisciotta said he’s made a number of changes based largely on the advice of the school board. For instance, he replaced “compressed” chicken patties and nuggets to the “full muscle” variety, which he said is not made with rib meat or rib juice.

He’s also been purchasing vegetables and fruits that are flash frozen, rather than canned in containers of fructose. And healthy snack options, like Greek yogurt, hummus and sunflower seeds are seeing some sales.

He added that salad bar sales have improved, thanks to one crucial readjustment:

“As soon as I changed over to iceberg lettuce [from mixed greens] the sales doubled,” he said. “For some reason, kids like it better.”

Heading into the second half of the year, Pisciotta said he plans to add new menu items like roasted chicken, beef stew and chicken pot pie.

Pisciotta did add, however, that sales of certain snack items — like Pop-Tarts and breakfast bars — have dropped since the school started carrying “healthier” options. (Pop-Tarts are now whole grain.)

“I would say if we put [breakfast bars] in tomorrow we’d see about a $250 increase for the week,” he speculated.

But, even so, Pisciotta said the cafeteria is in healthy financial standing.

“Even with the increase of the cost of food and supplying paper cups [instead of the less-expensive Styrofoam], I still think we’ll break even.”

School Approves Plans For $4.9 Million Bond Measure

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By Claire Walla


The Sag Harbor School Board is moving forward with plans to bring a $4.9 million bond measure to the public. The four base components of the seven-part capital project were unanimously approved by school board members — with the exception of Walter Wilcoxen, who was absent — at a regular school board meeting held Monday, November 14. They include: 122 health and safety provisions (many of them mandated by the state), expanding the Pierson kitchen, restructuring two parking lots and constructing a storage room in the elementary school gym.

In total, these measures represent nearly a $1.8 million cost reduction from an almost identical bond measure that was put up for public vote in 2009. That bond was defeated.

In an attempt to keep the cost of the project as low as possible, the district’s Long Range Planning Committee decided to take plans to restore the Pierson auditorium completely off the table. It is now recommended that the project, at an estimated cost of $12 million, be funded privately.

However, plans to replace the Pierson field with a synthetic turf ($1.6 million) and install stadium-style lighting ($675,000) are still on the table, though they would most likely be brought to the public in an additional bond referendum, separate from the $4.9 million bond outlined above. Board members are still discussing the plans for the field and lighting installation as they are currently laid out.

Board members have also floated the idea of putting the turf field and the stadium lighting up to a community vote as separate projects because the lighting issue seems to be more controversial.

“For me and for some of the neighbors, the lights represent a game-changer,” said community member Steven Reiner who lives directly adjacent to the Pierson field.

He said he had relatively no problem with the synthetic turf, but the lights he said would create increased usage of the field, bringing more people to the area; potentially cause light pollution; and might even lower real estate values for homes in the immediate area.

“What I’m struck by is the specificity and the detail that accompanied the cafeteria and other issues,” Reiner said of the elements entailed in the base bond measure. “When you vote for large-scale change, that’s going to affect traffic and egress and lights [among other issues]. But we don’t have any proposal of what this [change] is going to look like.”

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While the district does have a graphic of the turf field, the projected impact of the proposed stadium lighting still needs to be determined.

On another note, parent Laura Matthers commented that the turf field, which includes a two-lane track around its circumference, “might actually be a draw for people in the community,” which would be a good thing.

As proposed, Athletic Director Montgomery “Monty” Granger added that the field could be used by the school’s middle school baseball team (the size is not within regulation for varsity or JV baseball), by varsity soccer teams and all field hockey teams. All other outdoor sports would continue to use the fields at Mashashimuet Park. This would not only allow teams to have practice later at night, but it would allow games to be scheduled later in the day.

According to Dr. Gratto, this would be a great advantage “because parents [who work during the day would finally get to see their kids play.”

The projects already recommended for the $4.9 million bond proposal were very quickly approved by the board. As for the health and safety improvements—including architectural, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and site-plan upgrades — it took board members mere seconds to determine there was no penny-pinching possible in this realm. The $3.85 million plan marks a $1 million reduction from the bond proposed back in 2009, $500,000 of which was already built into this year’s 2012-13 budget.

“If it’s really about health and safety, there’s got to be a point when it’s got to be done,” Board Member Gregg Schiavoni said. “I think not doing it is going to cost us more down the line.”

Similarly, plans to extend storage space in the elementary school ($210,319) and re-do the parking lots on Jermain Avenue at the high school and on Hampton Street at the elementary school were very quickly approved. Though the parking lot project generated some dissent back in 2009, board members recommended the improvements with emphatic support. While the lots would increase in size — jumping from 26 to 51 spaces at the elementary school, and 38 to 46 at the high school — Dr. Gratto said the main impetus for the remodeling has to do with health and safety.

The parking lot at the entrance to the elementary school would push forward, further toward Hampton Street, which would add parking spaces and widen driving lanes for emergency vehicles. The parking lot on Jermain Avenue, next to the high school gym, would extend north into Pierson hill and would include a curb along Jermain to prevent cars from backing up into the street.

“The Jermain Avenue parking lot is a disaster waiting to happen,” said board member Chris Tice. “It’s not safe at all.”

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While the kitchen had previously been an issue of contention, as board members debated whether or not expanding the room would actually improve the quality of the food, it was generally decided last Monday that room for more storage space would indeed improve food options.

Though there wouldn’t be a difference in the type of cooking equipment used, School Board President Mary Anne Miller stressed that additional storage space would allow the school to add more refrigeration, which would “definitely improve purchasing and food selection.”

While the board has decided to go forward with the $4.9 million dollar bond measure, it is yet to be determined when the vote will take place.

Big Fix Could Cost $7 mil

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After a semester’s worth of meetings on a facility study, the Sag Harbor School District’s long-range planning committee finally brought their suggestions to the board of education on Monday evening.

Their suggestions came from a report completed in February 2007 by BBS Architects and Engineers, P.C., and on Monday the district’s architect was invited to give a presentation to the school board based on the committees decisions.

The presentation included some final recommendations by the long range planning committee totaling nearly $7 million in improvements if all the facility needs are met — and possibly twice that amount if parking and a new auditorium are considered.

Architect Larry Salvesen gave a condensed version of the seven lengthy meetings the committee held dealing with the facility needs of both schools. At those meetings, the planning committee went through a laundry list of items dealing with health and safety that would bring both school buildings up to current standards. The committee labeled potential items for improvement — such as doors, windows and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems — into three different priority groups. The study includes some 400 items in need of repair or upgrading.

To remedy those health and safety issues listed as first priority, it could cost the district $1.3 million. For priorities labeled as one and twos, the cost to the district could be $2.2 million. With all three priority groups considered, the amount comes to $ 7 million. Salvesen explained, however, these figures could be spread out over a longer period of time and over several budget cycles to soften the effect.

Not included in the projected $7 million for maintenance requirements, however, are the major projects — including changes to the auditorium and parking.

The long range planning committee suggested fixing the parking lots of the elementary school and changes to the Jermain Avenue lot at the high school to make both more suitable to the school’s needs.

Salvesen explained that 41 additional spaces are needed at the elementary school in order to have adequate on-site parking for those who work at the school.

Salvesen said one of the elementary school’s parking lots, located on Hampton Street, would cost around $320,000 to upgrade from 26 spaces to 51. The Atlantic Street lot, he explained, would cost $341,000 and add 20 more parking spaces. The cost to upgrade the Jermain Avenue lot at the high school from 36 spaces to 53 spaces would be $375,000. The total price for all these parking lots would be just over $1 million.

Salvesen also summarized committee discussions for a new or renovated auditorium at Pierson. Committee members have narrowed the auditorium options down to three and are now looking to the board of education for suggestions on which plan of action to take.

The least expensive plan, noted Salvesen, would be a $900,000 renovation of the auditorium. Some of the items listed in this suggestion by the architecture firm have already been included in this year’s budget, however – including the replacement of the main curtain for $40,000.

The second plan is a $2 million project that would add about 68 seats on a balcony above the existing auditorium. This option would also renovate the bathrooms in the curved hallway, make improvements to the main entryway, improvements to the stage, among other things.

The third option is a $12 million project which moves the auditorium into the courtyard area and rebuilds the current facility to be used as classrooms. This option would also eliminate the curved hallway for better use of space.

A new curtain and an updated HVAC system for the auditorium have already been added to the proposed budget — that figure is just under $100,000.

The financial analysis portion of the presentation was not discussed, however. School board president Walter Wilcoxen cut the presentation short, since it was closing in on two-and-a-half hours. Salvesen did say the board of education would have the final say on financial impact and putting the idea out to voters.

Long range planning committee members have discussed the impact to taxpayers at prior meetings and have a plan for how some of these expenses can be covered. Next year, there is a $3 million bond expiring — which would allow the district to take out another bond at the same price and, according to superintendent Dr. John Gratto, have no impact to taxpayers. For a new bond of $3 million Gratto explained there would be an additional cost of $50 per year for a homeowner with a house valued at $1 million.

Wilcoxen said he would like to invite the budget advisory committee members to the next long range planning committee meeting to talk about bond issues and to “make it more manageable for us.”

Gratto indicated that once decided, the plan would likely be put out to vote in the fall.

 

Laptops for teachers — not kids

In other news the laptop initiative was also amended at Monday’s meeting.

Just a few weeks ago, the school district announced it was considering a leasing model for laptops for high school students. The laptops were also to be issued to fifth and sixth graders to use in the classroom — but not to be taken home.

Gratto announced on Monday that after a visit with some of his colleagues at Westhampton Beach High School, where there is a similar program in place, the Sag Harbor administrators decided not to implement the plan it introduced in January.

Gratto cited the fact some teachers were not adequately using the laptops in the classrooms in Westhampton Beach and said this is a reason to reconsider the initial idea. Gratto said instead, 60 computers will be allocated to teachers in the elementary and high school on a lease agreement to familiarize teachers with how the computers can be best used in the classroom. Then, at a later date, the laptop program for students would be considered.

 

 

Is it Worth it?

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This week, as we sit back and look at all that has been accomplished by the Long Range Planning Committee members over the last few months. We applaud those who took part in the discussions. They did a good job at processing the voluminous amount of information presented to them.

But now, we are left slightly confused as to what the best course of action is, given the fact that this committee’s recommendations are going next to the board of education.

Do we have a realistic, up to date projection of the future population of the school? Whatever long term projects are implemented today need to serve the students in the years to come. Are we at a population plateau or are we seeing steadily increasing numbers adding to the school’s population? Any chance those numbers will be going down in the next decade?

We would like to see how the school’s theater and music departments are planning to utilize this space in the future. If, for example, we were to spend $12 million on the “Cadillac” of plans for the auditorium, how would the theater and music departments change to take advantage of the new facility? With the creation of an orchestra pit, for example, does that mean the music department  would be on track to offer an expanded strings program that actually teaches kids to play orchestral instruments?

What kind of money could the school realistically bring in if it were to rent out the new and improved theater to outside sources, as has been proposed? Perhaps other professionals in the community should be consulted, like those at the Bay Street Theatre. They’ve been in the business for a while and may have some creative cost saving ideas for the renovation of the theater and an ability to bring a real sense of savings.

The building needs work, we are aware — especially the auditorium. We wouldn’t hesitate to spend money on improvements, but we’re just wondering if there might be some other creative ways that haven’t been considered to get more for our kids while paying less.

Sometimes we get the feeling that the red tape of bureaucracy that often surrounds municipalities and school districts causes them to take what appears to be the most obvious path — but one that is not necessarily the most cost-effective nor the best thought out.

For example, as we consider the expanded parking recommendations for both schools, we lament the fact that more parking will do nothing to encourage people to walk or bike to school. A year ago, many village residents took part in forums and workshops with the hope that Sag Harbor would be able to secure a Safe Routes to School grant. Though those efforts ultimately didn’t succeed, we are reminded that much of what the Safe Routes folks advocated when they were here was the value of PR and education — low cost and no cost efforts that can change many minds without money. It’s a lesson we wish the school district had learned.

It’s a real shame. Instead of seeing groups of kids (and parents) walking to school, we’re now talking about spending another $1 million on black top. We can’t help but feel that money could be spent in better ways at the school. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned about parking lots, no matter how many you have at some point in the near future, you’re going to be told you need more.

And as far as the $3 million proposed for maintenance projects throughout the school, that surely better include more than just fixing a few doorknobs and railings. 

Big Fix at School Would Cost Millions

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Sag Harbor school district taxpayers may be looking at spending over $16 million to tackle a number of items in and around the district’s buildings, based on recommendations settled on this week.

As the district’s Long Range Planning Committee met for the last time on Thursday evening, members were finally able to reach consensus on a variety of items, including health and safety issues, storage, maintenance concerns and other upgrades to both the elementary and high schools. The committee members also looked at other big ticket items like changes to the parking lots and a new or improved auditorium.

The committee, which will now bring those recommendations to the board of education, is made up of members of the community, faculty, school board, and the district’s superintendent, and was charged with establishing project priorities. The study was conducted by the district’s architect, Larry Salvesen and his firm BBS Architects and Engineer, P.C.

“I don’t think we should have fear to present this to the community,” said committee member Peter Solow, a Pierson teacher. “It is not a need, but a want. And let the community decide if this is something they want to invest in.”

On Thursday, the committee, which has been meeting monthly since September, agreed that revamping parking at both schools was indeed necessary and the committee will be suggesting the board of education okay $1.3 million for improvements to three lots on Jermain Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and Hampton Street. The Jermain Avenue lot would be redesigned to create an additional 17 spaces, at a cost of $375,000. The lot at Atlantic Avenue would add another 26 spaces and would cost $340,000. The lot at Hampton Street would cost $320,000 and add an additional 25 spaces.

Members of the committee also agreed the district should spend $3 million on a list of maintenance items marked as top priorities for both the elementary and high schools. The items include replacing door hardware, guard rails at the elementary school’s main entrance, and heating and ventilation equipment — things that need to be on par with current health and safety requirements. However, Salvesen is working on Energy Performance Contracts for certain projects included in the maintenance portion, which may be taken out of the total.

For example, he said the boiler that the district is now considering purchasing, which costs $300,000, could be paid for by an Energy Performance Contract (EPC), in which the district will have the ability to pay back this outlay with money saved from conserving energy if the projects can pay for themselves within 18 years.

Perhaps the biggest ticket would be for a rehab of the aging auditorium at Pierson. Members of the committee, however, could not agree on the creation of a new auditorium or improvements to the current one, even after the district’s architect came back with three different plans.

One of those plans — a complete redesign of the facility using the courtyard — came with a $12 million price tag, while the lowest alternative, which would be an upgrade of the auditorium, was $1 million. Members of the committee suggested that perhaps some improvements can be made to the auditorium for less than the $1 million plan — items that would alleviate some of the problems including heating and ventilation and the ripped curtains.

Most likely, said Salvesen, the district would only ask for an additional $60,000 from taxpayers for buildings and grounds use in this May’s school budget. This money could be used for improvements in the auditorium.

At Monday’s board of education meeting, building and grounds supervisor/athletic director Bill Madsen told the board it would cost $45,000 to replace the curtains and rigging in the auditorium, which members agreed was a health and safety issue.

In order to finance the other projects the committee is recommending, Superintendent John Gratto suggested committee members ask the board of education to add a proposition onto the John Jermain Library vote, which will take place in September 2009.

Gratto suggested that the district could present four different proposals for the auditorium on the ballot and let voters decide.

Although district business manager Len Bernard did not attend the meeting, he sent a memo suggesting ways that the district may be able to fund the projects.

“Based on current town assessments and anticipated non-tax revenues, $300,000 of new debt service [which is the cost to fund $3 million in borrowing per year over 15 years], would cost the owner of a $1 million market value house approximately $53 per year in additional school property tax right now,” Bernard said in the memo, adding that this would be for both Southampton and East Hampton residents.

“It’s the cost of a cup of coffee [per week during one year’s time],” Gratto said.

Bernard, also explained in his memo that there is a $3 million bond being paid off in the 2009-2010 school year, and suggests that the district could borrow another $3 million in 2009-2010 with “no real impact on tax bills.”

Bernard also said that there is a bond from 1997 improvements, which will be paid off by 2009-2010.

Bernard explained that $3 million can be paid for with the money from the 1997 bond, and a new $3.3 million bond for 2009-2010 would only cost taxpayers an additional $53 per year. This would equal $6.3 million, which would be used for the big ticket items like parking and improvements to the auditorium, and $300,000 for the remainder of the maintenance projects.

In previous meetings, the committee members focused on ways to fund the projects, but at last week’s meeting, Gratto quickly reminded committee members that they were not responsible for finding ways to pay for the projects, but simply to make suggestions to the board of education. 

“I think we need to prioritize, but it is up to the board to say what is palatable,” Gratto said.

 “If we educate them, [the board of education and the public] they will be convinced by all the facts,” said Gratto.

Illustration above shows proposed parking lot configurations, including 25 new stalls in front of Sag Harbor Elementary School; 26 new stalls at the rear of the elementary school; and 17 new stalls at the front left of Pierson Middle/High School. Parking at lots on Montauk Avenue and on the Division Street side of Pierson would remain unchanged.

 

District Considers New Plans for Auditorium and Parking at Pierson

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The “Facilities Study” of both Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School in the Sag Harbor school district is a compilation of different tasks that need to be completed at the schools in order to comply with current codes and standards. At their most recent monthly meeting, however, the district’s Long Range Planning Committee focused more on big-ticket items such as a new auditorium and parking.
If combined, those two projects alone could cost the district as much as $12.7 million — but that is if they include all the bells and whistles. Although the beginning of last Thursday’s meeting focused on parking, the majority of the time was spent discussing the new auditorium. The conversations on Thursday mirrored those of earlier meetings. This time, district architect Larry Salvesen prepared three plans for a new auditorium as requested by committee members during their October meeting.
The three different plans for the auditorium included a basic plan, an improved plan and then the complete plan — costing $900,000, $2 million, and $12 million, respectively. Salvesen explained that the most expensive plan would include the creation of a separate space in the courtyard area, adjacent to where the current auditorium is.
“The art [department] is looking for space,” Salvesen said, “If you added art where the current auditorium is, then the entire center of the building becomes the arts.”
During Thursday’s meeting, some committee members shared their personal feelings from music concerts and plays they have attended in recent weeks. Members of the committee, which is made up of teachers, administrators, parents and other community members, expressed frustration about the lack of air conditioning, ventilation, torn curtains and other issues in the current facility.
Pierson High School Principal Jeff Nichols said that because of the inadequacies of the facility, he schedules “moving up” ceremonies and other similar assemblies in the middle school gymnasium.
Further, members of the committee talked about the vinyl tile that makes up the floor, the risers and issues with the stage itself.
“Why are we are looking at the little details?” committee member and former chemistry and physics teacher Richard Gold asked. “It is such a big project that has such a big impact and I wonder if we should be talking about the dismal feeling of the facility or are we trying to create a place that will give excitement to the facility and the community — and bring possible income to the school?”
“It’s a weird time to say that the energy that can be created by pride and enthusiasm is something that can’t be seen in dollars and cents,” said Gold who also noted that he attended a play the week prior, and there was a contrast as to what was going on on-stage and the actual room it was taking place in.
“It was painful to me,” he said. “This is the center of the school and it’s a shame. It’s a question of motivation and not just economies.”
But others at the meeting had different concerns, and requested more information about the current use of the facility.
One committee member asked how many school-related performances happen in the auditorium, and noted that it seemed like a lot of money to spend on a facility that hosted three performances a year.
Nichols disagreed with that number, saying he hadn’t yet finished tallying up all the performances scheduled for the year, but added that it was more like 20 in a school year.
“Right now the situation is oppressive,” said Nichols. “You can’t enjoy it.”
Pierson art teacher Peter Solow added that the number of performances is misleading.
“You are talking just about the performances, but not utilization,” Solow said. “Right now there is no facility to be used for rehearsal, there is no space for sets and there is no other place for them to go. They are rehearsing in the auditorium, and there are a number of other uses for this space.”
Solow explained that the new space can be used for awards ceremonies and other events, which have been moved due to the failing HVAC system.
“Some of the performances had to be moved. It was too hot, we had to change it. People have fainted in there while watching performances,” Solow said.
The three different alternatives for the auditorium include both minor and major changes.
“Scheme A is small improvements,” Salvesen explained. “Scheme B has everything in A and a little more.”
Plan “C” is a proposal that puts the new auditorium in the court yard and could potentially create more space for additional classrooms and storage.
The arguments bounced back and forth on what a reasonable solution to the pending issue of building a new auditorium should be.
“No one is arguing that the space doesn’t work,” president of the school board Walter Wilcoxen said addressing Solow’s concerns.
“You could say generally it doesn’t work, but we should say that it is fundamentally inadequate if you don’t build storage,” Solow argued.
Questions also raised by members of the committee focused on the idea that the new space may be able to generate income for the school if it is rented out.
“The motivation should not be to make money off of this,” Solow said.
Wilcoxen told members of the committee that the “C” plan may be more of a long term goal.
“It may not be realistic, right now, but start thinking about it as a possibility,” he said.
But Nichols informed the members, “There is another issue, there is an immediacy.”
Parking
The other large project occupying the Long-Range Planning Committee is the issue of parking at both the elementary school and Pierson.
The committee members decided at a previous meeting that the lots at Jermain Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and Hampton Street should be reconfigured to allow for more spaces. At their last meeting, committee members asked Salvesen to create a new plan, this time allowing for even more spaces along Atlantic Avenue by moving the asphalt court closer to Clinton Street and utilizing empty, unused lawn area for an extension of the court additionally providing an extension of the parking lot.
At last week’s meeting, Salvesen showed his plans to move the court and extend the parking lot along with the price tag for each of the three proposed lots. For the lot on Atlantic Avenue it would add an additional 26 spaces and cost the district $340,000. The reconfigured lot off of Jermain Avenue has a $375,000 price tag and would add an additional 17 spaces. And the lot on Hampton Street would cost $320,000 and add 25 spaces — but none of these estimates included contingencies and fees, according to Salvesen.