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Revere district getting spruced up this summer

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

As school buildings and grounds are getting cleaned up and ready for the next school year, renovations are taking place this summer in Revere High School’s classroom for life skills, Room 239.

After reviewing three bids, the Revere Local School Board of Education at their June 25 meeting accepted the one from Greystar Builders, of Akron, to spend $23,780 on the project.

The renovation will include replacing ceiling tile, building two half-walls to partition off a bedroom area, installing cabinets and an island for the kitchen area.

A new dishwasher, electric stove and refrigerator also will be installed, according to the plan.

Plans also call for electric, painting, plumbing and fire-suppression improvements.

Other improvements taking place in the district already this summer include carpet cleaning and gym floors being refinished, according to Kevin Matowitz, business manager.

Matowitz said he is getting quotes for painting projects too large for the student painting crew, including some stairwells and overhangs.

Also, the tennis courts are due to see improvements, whether by pressure-washing or resurfacing, he said.

In addition, he’s working with Thomas Lekan, the district’s security consultant, on upgrades to some exterior doors, he added.

Also at the meeting, the board approved adjustments to the district’s budget at year-end.

Treasurer David Forrest said the 2014 fiscal year begins July 1, and he has been working to close the books on 2013.

The board approved permanent final appropriations totaling $51.9 million, reflecting $8 million more than what was initially appropriated at the beginning of the school year in September 2012.

The General Fund budget was increased by $4.1 million from what was originally appropriated, with the other major change in the health care account, an increase of $3.8 million from what was originally appropriated.

“Last year was a new year under our health care consortium, and we had to make transfers in order to work within that program. We know what we need to do this year to avoid this,” said Forrest.

Temporary appropriations for the 2014 fiscal year also were approved, totaling $13 million. Forrest explained the temporary budget is set at 25 percent of what the district spent the prior year.

Board members also approved adding a new account to their books: Building Fund and Property Sale — Hametown Road.

The board approved the sale of property at 2301 N. Hametown Road during a special meeting May 29, with a 4-1 vote (board member George Seifert dissented), according to minutes from that meeting.

The district has $809,000 in their building funds — funds which can not be used to pay for salaries or utilities but can be used for permanent improvements, according to Forrest.

In other financial business, the board approved filing commercial property tax complaint appeals for calendar year 2012 on eight properties in an effort to defend the district’s tax revenue base. The complaints amount to $87,000 in potential annual revenue loss, according to Forrest.

Donations accepted with appreciation at the meeting included: $6,925 to Hillcrest Elementary School from the school’s PTA for the Leader in Me program; $12,000 for a new scoreboard for the high school from Revere All Sports Booster Club; $37,000 to support athletics from concession sales and membership fees, also from the Booster Club; $200 for the Paulette Memorial Scholarship Fund, from various families; and $455 for materials and activity support from the Revere Community STEM Parent Association.

Also approved at the meeting were deletions to inventory of obsolete items, including unneeded textbooks and library books.

Under personnel items, the board approved hiring Jennifer DeFago as high school psychologist for a two-thirds position.

In other hiring news, during a special meeting June 18, the board approved hiring Maggie Niedzwiecki as director of curriculum and instruction for a two-year contract beginning Aug. 1.

The new position was created in light of Assistant Superintendent Kathy Bearer’s retirement, to begin Dec. 19.

Also during that meeting, the board approved hiring three intervention specialists: Stephanie Dunkel, at the high school, and David Howson and Alexandra Kaldry at Revere Middle School.

In other action at the June 25 meeting, the board approved:

  • an updated job description for head cooks;
  • student handbooks for the 2013-14 school year;
  • a list of 225 graduates in the Class of 2013; and
  • agreements with Blick Clinic, Judy Harpley, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism Lerner School and PRN Therapy Services to provide student services during the 2013-14 school year.

The board will next meet for a combined work session and regular meeting July 9 at 5 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road.

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