FORESTVILLE- In the end it all comes down to the students, their safety, their accomplishments, and even their food preferences.
That is what the Forestville Board of Education discussed during Thursday's meeting.
Sandberg Kessler Architecture and Engineering P.C Principal Architect Steven Sandberg along with Construction Service Initiative Tom Bixby spoke of their proposal to fix the parking lot, boiler and roof of the high school.
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Construction Service Initiative Tom Bixby (center) and Sandberg Kessler Architecture and Engineering P.C Principal Architect Steven Sandberg (right) present their proposal for a maintenance plan to the board.
"Tom and I spent a lot of time on site and after a deep investigation we have come up with a phased improvement plan," Sandberg said.
Sandberg said if the board wanted to approve their proposal, New York state would pay for the improvements.
"We would build it up together as a group," Sandberg said. "We are very good communicators and would work right along with the staff."
Sandberg explained to the board about the parking lots needing repair since they were originally designed in the 1950s when there weren't many cars.
"There are a lot more people coming and dropping their kids off at school now," Sandberg said. "We need to make it safe for the students."
The board postponed the decision on hiring Sandberg Kessler to maintain their premises until they have had time to think through the plan.
President Sylvester Cleary said Sandberg and Bixby are both "well-respected" and he is "very pleased with their work."
Cafeteria Manager Karen Giardina presented her food services plan to the board.
"The kids really love (the meals)," Giardina said. "All kids eat with their eyes, so I try to make it look good."
Giardina even spoke of the students' favorite meals.
"The elementary students' favorite meal is chicken patties on whole grain bread," she said. "The high school students' favorite meal is homemade mac and cheese," she said.
High School Principal Patrick Moses, Board Member Rodney Rogers and Cleary all spoke about the importance of sports at Forestville.
"Some other sports need to be recognized and kids in our area need to be recognized for not well-known sports too," Rogers said.
Superintendent Charles Leichner said sports "impact the life of the school."
Moses said he wants to create a "one-stop shop," so students coming into the school system can see what the district offers.
"It is nice to show what we are about and what we have to offer so students coming in can know about our clubs and organizations," Moses said.
Cleary said the emphasis on students is what turns him on to the idea.
"I like that it shows true leadership and lots of positive encouragement for everyone," Cleary said. "It's all about the students."
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