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Ripley school board approves library woodwork refinishing

January 28, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Ripley Central School District Board of Education approved a change order of $58,600 Thursday to refinish the woodwork in the old library as part of the planned facilities restoration project.

The only bid for the work was submitted by Perry Construction, which is also the main contractor for phase one of the facilities project. The change order represents the cost of the work before any credits.

The facilities restoration project had originally included a line item of more than $20,000 for the woodwork. However, at a special meeting of the board on Jan 14, board President Robert Bentley said the figure had been reduced because the architects were concerned about going over budget.

Only $8,500 was budget for the woodwork, Bentley said. However, the work that could be done for that amount was not acceptable. The district will receive that $8,500 as a credit which will then be applied to the total cost, Bentley said.

The original budget for the project contained a contingency fund for unforeseen task. Additionally, the winning bid for the entire project was $169,000 less than expected, leaving that amount also available for us, Bentley said.

Bentley asked how much of the contingency fund for the facilities restoration project remained. Ripley financial manager LouAnn Bahgat said there was $248,384 before the $58,600 change order.

Giving an overview of the entire project, Ripley Superintendent Dr. Lauren Ormsby said that phase one is "90 percent complete." The roof is finished and the tile has been laid down in the library, preparing the way for the woodwork to be refinished, she said.

Ormsby said she only anticipates a few small change orders before phase one is complete. When workers went to replace the outside panels along the Bentley wing, they discovered there was nothing behind them, she said. She said the contractor said this could be remedied with plywood and spray foam insulation.

The only other change order Ormsby said she foresees involves door that need replaced for additional security and safety.

In other business, Ormsby said she has completed the teacher observations required by the APPR. Each observation involved a pre and post sessions as well as the actual observation, she said.

Ormsby said she completed 22 observations in five days. She said she was very happy with the level of "joy and rigor" she saw in both teachers and students. "The feeling I had that was overwhelming in so many moments was gratitude that our kids get to go here and have such wonderful teachers," she said.

During the week of observations, Ormsby said, retired Ripley Superintendent Karen Krause was on hand to handle daily administrative tasks. Krause also worked on revising the district's policy manual, completing seven sections, she said. The manual has not been revised since 1989 and every policy needs to be reviewed for relevancy, Ormsby said.



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