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Freeport Area considers renovations at South Buffalo Elementary

| Friday, Nov. 7, 2003

Freeport Area School Board members are targeting South Buffalo Elementary School as the next school building to be renovated.

School Superintendent Joseph Malak initiated the discussion at Wednesday's agenda meeting.

Using a 1985 feasibility study as a guideline, Malak said that both South Buffalo and the junior high are out of classroom space and their mechanical systems have reached the end of their expected lifespan.

Malak said that renovation and expansion of South Buffalo Elementary would give the district the most flexibility in dealing with an unpredictable future.

The renovation of Buffalo Elementary was completed in 2002.

The board will discuss the appointment of HHSDR of Sharon to provide architectural and engineering services for the renovation at the next regular meeting. The firm submitted a proposal dated Oct. 1.

"We need to balance development and feasibility issues," Malak said. He also said that financing rates were at an all time low.

In other business:

  • Cross-country teams at the high school may move from a club status to a school-sponsored sport beginning with the 2004-2005 school year.

    The cross-country varsity coach, Robert Livrone, requested the status change. As a school-sponsored sport, the runners can compete with other school teams.

    The cost to the district would average between $4,000 and $5,000, which would pay a coach's salary and transportation expenses.

    "If we can do it for minimal cost, why wouldn't we do it," said board member Barbara Toy-Gaydos.

    At this time, eight girls and three boys are in the cross-country club.

  • The reorganization meeting of the board of directors is set for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the district office on South Pike Road.

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