Sortisio updates Orange Bowl work

The emergency repairs on the home bleachers at Fredonia’s Orange Bowl have begun.

Fredonia Superintendent Jeff Sortisio told the district Board of Education at its regular Tuesday meeting that despite poor weather recently, site work has started. Workers from Perry Construction of Erie, Pa. will pour a concrete bed under the bleachers to help keep the supports from rusting further. “The hope is that they’re going to pour on Monday,” Sortisio said.

To further help with water issues there, drainage will now be installed on the side of the bed. It will cost about $4,300, adding to the $39,000 price tag on the original work. The money will come from the district’s budget line for emergency expenditures.

In addition, Sortisio said fencing will be added around the sides of the field on the recommendation of the district’s insurance company.

The superintendent also updated the board on the district’s search for a school safety advisor. There are six applicants and most of the interview team is in place, except for a couple of representatives from unions.

Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday.

“My plan is that we will have a recommendation for the board at the meeting on (Sept.) 25th,” Sortisio said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the superintendent told the board about his goals for the 2018-19 school year, listing six of them.

¯ Further develop relationships with the community.

¯ Assess and analyze governing procedures.

¯ Enhance a vision of high quality education by developing a long range plan that articulates what Fredonia graduates know and can do.

¯ Provide instructional opportunities for administrators on leadership issues.¯ Work on facilities management, specifically by continuing to develop a capital project plan. Sortisio hopes the project can go to bid in December, with an eye on construction in spring and summer 2019.

¯ Develop a long range fiscal plan that supports current and future educational needs.