North Syracuse BOE discusses Smith Road Elementary, appoints new member

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education held its Annual Organizational Meeting followed by its regular meeting Monday, July 12 at the District Offices, 5355 West Taft Road.

During the organizational meeting, Pat Carbone resumed the seat of president and Toni' Lyn Brauchle was named vice president for another term. New board member Patrick Svoboda was also sworn in.

The regular board meeting immediately followed, where discussion highlights included the asbestos removal at Smith Road Elementary. This plan is part of the school's renovation plan that was approved by the Office of Facilities Planning, New York State Education Departmenton July 1. A timeline has been drafted, and the next step is to award the Asbestos Abatement Contract to the lowest bidder, which will take place during a special BOE meeting at 7 p.m., July 15 at the District Offices.

The board also discussed the re-authorization of their agreement with the North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps. This agreement allows NAVAC to fuel and wash their ambulances at the Support Complex, 5520 Taft Road, in exchange for free ambulance service for District students and staff in emergency situations. NAVAC will also pay the District for each gallon used. The agreement will run from August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.

Student transportation management was also discussed, where the board called for an amendment to the walking distance limit for the Cicero-North Syracuse High School students. The walking limit was .3 miles, which made it difficult for the bus drivers to deliver the high school students and make it to the middle schools on time. The board expended the walking limit to .5 miles for C-NS students during the afternoon bus deliveries only, which will save the district approximately $39,200.

A committee will be organized to review the bussing guidelines for all the schools in the fall to be enacted during the 2011-2012 school year.

The next Board of Education meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, July 26 at the District Offices.

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