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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
The Western school board held a special meeting on Monday, July 18, at the superintendent’s office to consider items related to facilities improvements at the Barry and Kinderhook buildings.
The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m.
The board first considered a bid from Peters Heating & Air Conditioning for HVAC work at the middle school. A motion was made by Broeckling and seconded by Weir to approve the Peters “Alternate Samsung” bid for the Kinderhook HVAC Project. The motion was approved.
According to Western Superintendent Darin Powell, the installation of the new HVAC system will be done in phases to ensure appropriate conditions in the school building at all times.
“They’ll go wing by wing in the building,” Powell said. “During the process, there will be some parts of the building using the old system, some parts using the new system, and some parts using window units while it’s being completed.”
The HVAC is only one of several improvements being made at the Kinderhook middle school building, according to Powell.
“We’re putting in a new science lab, replacing the math room floors, and we’re renovating the library and the teacher work room,” Powell said.
The second item on the meeting’s agenda was to approve a change order for Western High School’s science lab renovation. A motion was made by Broeckling to approve the change order, and it was seconded by Patterson. The motion carried.
According to Powell, the improvements to the high school science lab will improve student learning in the district by providing leading edge technology.
“We’re totally revamping the science lab,” Powell said. “It’s going to be incredible – a state of the art lab. It’ll have all the latest equipment and lots of room for experiments. It will have anything a science teacher would want and will provide an incredible experience for our kids.”
The meeting adjourned at 6:17 p.m.