School Board Meeting Notes December 2, 2013
These notes were taken from attending the December 2nd meeting of the Corbett School District board and then using the recorded audio of this meeting. This meeting was 5 hours long.
Part Three: SPRINGDALE
Randy states it’s important to get consistent messaging out to the community regarding this project because it was a wedge issue people used not to pass the bond. Randy read his statement and asked the board to agree to the following statement;
Can we agree that the statements about Springdale are true, and will each member of the board actively support these statements to the community if we pursue a future bond?
“So your telling me, that I’m hearing, not that I’m believing it, but I am hearing that the middle school is going to crumble upon the kids heads and we didn’t know that when we started Springdale? We haven’t been maintaining or looking into our buildings before that? That to me seems kind of outrageous that we put money into an uninhabited building & I think the issue is that we had a habited building that supposedly is very dangerous & shouldn’t have kids in it today. So I’m a little confused at this statement that we didn’t know that??” She also asked about fire marshal inspections etc., are they being done?
Randy – “It’s seismic risk has nothing to do with how well we maintained it. We didn’t commission a facility review until now so we didn’t know.”
Charlie – “I think the reason it was not addressed before is because we had a bond out on the grade school now the bond is expiring so we now have the ability to go out to pay for it. You just deal with things as you are able to. We were able to deal with Springdale by bringing extra kids in to help pay for it.”
Victoria – “Regarding the “we have to do something about it”, When I have talked with different building officials they say yes when you have to replace the roof then yes you have to tie the walls into your new roof, when you have to do maintenance then yes you have to bring that area up to code when you do that area, but they all said do not use it as a reason to go in and get yourself a new building because that is not what’s required. Regarding putting in a new building, I talked to the county and they said we haven’t started a cultural review. Therefor they said they haven’t made a determination if whether or not we would be allowed to put in a new building or if we need to refurbish the existing one. So I think we’re getting ahead here, if we’re going to make a decision about this the fact is we may need to fix the middle school.”
Charlie – “Um can we discuss this when we get to the middle school? We do have a section coming up on the middle school. This is strictly about Springdale.”
Victoria – “ok well no I don’t agree with this statement.”
Todd – “So the cost of Springdale was a third of this project, when you can’t fund it by bringing in kids it’s just not feasible to fix that building until now”
Charlie – “Tori what argument or is there a statement you disagree with in there?”
Victoria – “Well we were not critically aware of the “hazardous nature” with Springdale, we talked about things and I remember at the time saying if we were looking at one we needed to look at both.”
Charlie – “We were aware of the hazardous nature because the building was shut down.”
Victoria – “The building was originally no longer being used as a school because they said it would be more cost effective to have one on the main campus.”
Charlie – “That was for logistical purposes”
Randy – “Tori maybe you can go through these and get ahold of me, it’s really important that we stay consistent, um, so I just really think it’s important we have consensus on all of these issues if we’re going to go forward with anything.”
Charlie reads the statement again and the board votes 5 in support (Charlie, Mark, Bob, Todd, David) and 2 opposed (Annette & Victoria)