2011-09-15 / Local & State

Forbes OKs Asbestos Removal

Votes no for now on pod removal
By Jean Snyder

After two motions and seconds failed on roll-call votes, a third finally passed resolving for now the issue of asbestos and pod removal in the old Forbes Road High School building. Although the votes were taken at the regular meeting of the Forbes Road School District’s board of directors, the issue had been first discussed at a special meeting held on August 22.

According to Superintendent Fred Foster, after all paperwork was finalized on the new school, there was some money left over for capital reserve. The board then decided to advertise for bids for removal of remaining asbestos in the old building as well as the demolition of two pods. Foster said the board wanted to honor a commitment that had been made to the community regarding the old school.

However, the bid to remove asbestos came in at $71,700, while the bid to remove the two pods was $160,000 and more than the amount in the capital reserve fund. Foster went on to say that “even if we removed one pod, it would leave us only $5,000 for capital reserve.” Board members felt that was unacceptable since replacing the boiler in the old school is a future possibility. The asbestos removal plus an estimated additional $15,000 for other services needed related to the asbestos removal put the total cost of the removal at about $90,000. Foster said that leaves enough money in reserve to replace the boiler when needed.

At last Monday evening’s meeting, the first motion made by Deonna Carmack and seconded by Deborah Strait to accept the bid for asbestos removal and for the demolition of one pod failed on a 4-5 vote.

A second motion made by Carl Detwiler and seconded by Strait to accept the bid for the asbestos removal and demolition of two pods failed on a 2-7 vote.

Finally, a motion by Carmack and seconded by Teressa Bard to accept the bid for asbestos removal only submitted by R.L. Abatement Inc. for $71,700 was accepted on a 7-2 vote.

During other business the board made several other financial and personnel decisions and approved several field trip requests.

The board gave permission to move $1,460,000 of unassigned fund balance to committed fund balance as of June 30, 2011. The committed fund balance was assigned to future PSERS retirement rate increases ($350,000); future increases in health insurance ($400,000); and $710,000 for future debt service payments.

The board approved the termination of services with H.A. Berkheimer for collecting delinquent per-capita and occupational taxes and approved Powell, Rodgers and Speaks at the new collector of the delinquent taxes.

Following a 15-minute executive session to discuss personnel, the board approved Cloyd Foor as a substitute bus driver for the Snyder Bus Line and Patricia Hershey as a substitute van driver, pending clearances, for Tonya House. Donovan Bricker was approved as a volunteer assistant soccer coach with Kevin Bricker. The board approved the school nurse job description and hired Lori Varner as the school nurse at a salary of $32,250. The board approved additions to the teacher substitute list, including Lainie Drenning, nurse; Crystal Earley, elementary aide; Samantha Foor, Cheryl Stouffer and Wendy Koontz, nurses; Jerry Ford, Chelsea Hockenberry, Gloria Hurney, all emergency certified; and Misti Keebaugh, Meghan “Charly” Lynn and Heather McConnell, all certified.

The board approved field trips for sixth grade to the Reed Englert farm on October 4; grades 4-6 to a move and park for lunch (PSSA proficiency) in early October; College Advising Group to Shippensburg University on October 19; and the senior physical education class to Great Cove Golf Course in September.

A request from AYSO Soccer for use of the Lions Club fields and playground field on additional days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. was approved as requested.

The board also approved overnight trip guidelines as presented with an adjustment of 10 days overall absence instead of 20 during the senior year prior to the week of their class trip.

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