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Eden School Board makes several in-house improvements

EDEN — The Eden School Board meeting that was held on Sept. 18 had an over-arching theme: renovations. There have been and will be a multitude of changes in many different areas of the school.

A major topic of discussion was the bus fleet and its need for new buses, since many of the existing vehicles will not pass future inspections, according to the board.

It was said that the buses are “decaying” and that they will not pass inspection, since “they are literally rusting out.” A bus typically has a life span of approximately seven years, but the district elongated that to 10 years. The board came to a consensus to advocate the purchase of three new buses, saying that it will be a more appropriate and logical move than repairing the already aged-out bus fleet.

The scoreboard at the high school, which has been in place since 1977, has been replaced with a brand new board. The board announced that the scoreboard was beyond repair and, with the support of the community, the new purchase was made possible. During the homecoming game, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, sixth grade student Jessica Hall will be using the PA system for the first time, to sing the national anthem.

Working parts from the old scoreboard will have alternate uses.

Preceding this discussion, the board said that, in the future, excess materials in the school will be purged, as the school’s basement is “literally bulging.”

On the topic of new equipment, the board accepted a donation of a new elliptical machine valued at $600; the donation was made by Colleen Kot.

According to the board, the school has been reprimanded for not having an in-house doctor; the physician who had been at the school recently retired.

“You have to have one.” “We don’t.” “You have to have one.” “We don’t.” “You need to fix this ASAP,”” said Athletic Director Marissa Fallacaro, describing previous conversations about the school and its drive to find a new doctor. The former school physician retired this summer. Joan Calkins of Village Pediatrics was appointed as school physician the day of the board meeting. She will be compensated at the same level as the former doctor.

The board reminded those present that the physician is strictly for student needs. “We were thrilled that it happened that day,” said Sandara Anzalone, superintendent of the Eden School District.

In other board news:

– Thomas Murphy, director of finance, discussed the installation of the budget advisory team. He said that it will give “the community a chance to find out about the budget.”

The team is a group comprised of members of the board, community residents and parents, to discuss the budget and allow the school’s finances to be open to the community. The group will meet prior to the board meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.

– The board approved a $20,000 transfer from the unemployment fund restricted balance to the unassigned balance in the general fund.

– Three resignations were approved, including that of Maintenance Supervisor James Walters, who will retire after 35 years of teaching.

– The appointments of several teachers were accepted, including Murphy as the new Health Information Portability and Accountability Act security officer. The school was mandated to have a HIPAA officer by Oct. 1.

– Molly Neureuter was introduced as the new student representative.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the high school cafeteria.

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