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Phase one of Ripley school district construction project nearly done

February 25, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Phase one of Ripley Central School District's planned facilities reconstruction project is nearing completion, board of education members learned at their regular meeting Thursday.

Ripley superintendent Dr. Lauren Ormsby told the board that Perry Construction Group Inc., the main contractor of the project, has completed 98 % of their work. All that remains are a few jobs which required change orders, she said. The refinishing of woodwork in the library was scheduled to begin on Friday, Ormsby added. Also, a job to replace the outside facia panels on the Bentley wing is nearly complete, according to Ormsby.

The board approved two change orders required to complete work on the Bentley wing. One task to add framing, plywood sheathing and a vapor barrier beneath the panels will cost $8,914. The other change order, involving the addition of three inches of spray foam insulation in the area behind that panels, will cost $9,936.

Ormsby also informed board members that the contracted electrical work by IPL is 75 % completed. Roofing work, contracted to A.W. Farrell Inc., is 96% complete, she said. Parise Mechanical, which is responsible for all HVAC work, including the installation of the new boiler, is 50 % complete although several of these jobs have been delayed until spring weather allows completion, Ormsby said.

In other business, the board approved a 5-year elevator maintenance contract with Schindler Elevator Corp. Total cost for the contract is $9,840 or $164 a month during the 5-year period.

Board president Robert Bentley expressed the opinion that this "seems to be a lot of money an elevator that is only used few times each day." However, he noted, this contract is significantly less than the previous one.

Ormsby agreed that is seemed like a lot of money, but noted that the contract is required. "You have to do it, even if the elevator is only used a few times. It has to be inspected regularly," she said.

Board members also approved a contingency bond resolution for $204,000 to cover Ripley's share of fo the Erie 2 BOCES capital improvement project. Ripley financial manager Louann Bahgat noted that the district may not need the bond in order to pay its share, but it was recommended that the resolution be in place in case it is needed.

Bentley also alerted board members to the possibility that the Ripley Free Library may soon become a district library, which would mean that it is funded by tax monies. If the change is approved by voters, the school district would be required to collect taxes that will be used for the operation of the library, he said. "I believe they are pursuing this," Bentley said. "So we know that it is probably coming in the future."

Ormsby also reported that the district's after school program has completed casting for a production of the play, Aladdin. The musical is expected to performed in late March, she said. "It's exciting to see the kids taking the next step, singing and dancing," she said.

Ormsby also informed board members the chairs the district had purchased for grades 3, 4, and 5 were featured in the February edition of "District Administration," in an article entitled: "Smarter Space." The chairs are part of Ripley;s efforts to engage students in learning by redesigning its classrooms using color, furniture and light.



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