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September 4, 2013

Niagara-Wheatfield facility fees decried


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One of the main functions of the board of education is to review and ensure all policies are up to date, Fusco said. Though the district participates in a policy review program offered through Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the current policy manual is outdated in several areas.

"It's time for us to look at that policy manual," Fusco said. "We need to make sure everything we do is up to the latest level. It's very important, because we look at our policies in order to make decisions."

Meeting Wednesday, the district's school board approved the implementation of three new policy revisions and creations. Among them is new language designed to address a situation which turned dangerous last school year at West Street Elementary.

Policy 5686, which addresses permitted use of small electrical devices in buildings, puts restrictions on items like toaster ovens, electric space heaters, hot plates, coffee pots, heat lamps, microwave ovens and fans after a faulty item forced the school to evacuate and temporarily relocate its kindergarten classes until work was completed over the summer.

These items would only be permitted in certain areas of the school buildings and are subject to fire inspections annually, the policy states. 

School Board President Steve Sabo said he'd assist as part of the subcommittee reviewing the district's operations. He too is concerned the manual is in need of some new eyes to ensure everything is listed in the proper location and no policies are redundant or contradictory.

He'd also like to find out if the district is charging outside organizations too much to use its facilities, he said.

"It's possible we've cost them out," he said. "But there's numerous policies in our manual that have never been enforced, for various reasons. It's something we need to look at."



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