CHAMPLAIN — A cafeteria/warming kitchen for Rouses Point Elementary and basement-window replacement at the Mooers building are a few extra improvements proposed for Northeastern Clinton Central School's $25 million facilities project.The Mooers Elementary windows "are in poor shape," Ron Bagoly, design architect for Collins & Scoville, told the School Board at a recent meeting. "They weren't replaced when the rest of the windows were replaced."Among other items tapped for possible inclusion is renovation of a second-floor faculty bathroom at Mooers, work to reopen an unused High School bathroom and expansion and rehab of the bathrooms across from the main office in that building."Those are really needed for public use and, as well, they're not in very good shape," Bagoly said.Windows looking into the vestibules of each elementary building would provide visibility for office staff when visitors buzz for entry. Rouses Point's cafeteria/kitchen would be situated in the basement, between the spaces planned for art and music rooms.Collins & Scoville also suggested reducing the scope of the air-conditioning rehab in the Middle High to only offices, the computer classroom and selected rooms without windows.Instead of adding a building-and-grounds storage facility to the bus garage, Bagoly suggested siting it at the back of the Middle School and including maintenance offices there."Any idea what the cost increases are?" board member Randy LaCount asked."We don't think any of these are major items," the architect said. "We're optimistic they will fit in the budget we gave you."By the end of the month, schematic drawings and outline specifications for the building project should be complete, Collins & Scoville's Project Architect Mark Landon told the board. By the close of October, the State Education Department should have documents in hand.Ground-breaking is set for next April and completion by the end of September 2009.In other business, the board: Granted tenure to Mooers Elementary Principal Dennis Rasco. Tabled a request from parents who live in the NCCS District seeking bus transport for their children to Seton Catholic Central School in Plattsburgh. Accepted letters of retirement from math teacher Joseph "Andy" Landry, physical education teacher Ronald Rivard and typist Nellie Rivard.
"I think we were very fortunate to have all three (employees) in the district," board member Orville Nedeau said. "They were well-liked by the kids and did a lot of extra work. They surely will be missed."