By Gary Simeone
The Glen Cove Board of Education voted in favor of accepting the $28,896.45 tank repair proposal from GC Environmental Consultants at the Monday, Aug. 24, board meeting. The only opposing board member to the bid proposal was Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross. As of Monday, Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the tank had been completely removed from school grounds. The school district’s insurance plan will cover $18,896.45 of the cost and the district is responsible for the $10,000 deductible.
“Department of Environmental Conservation members who were involved with this project directed immediate removal of the thousand gallon tank at Connolly School as of this past week.,” said Rianna. “Our head custodian, along with a construction team and members of the DEC, have been involved with this project and the DEC will follow up a report on the status of the tank.”
The removal of the underground tank is a result of failed pressure inspection test in the early spring. A compression test was done after the inspection because there was an oil leak from the tank that has now been contained.
An excavation of the site was also completed to clean up any contaminated soil in the area. The pressure test is part of a normal routine where a school district must provide information to their insurance carrier each year.
“We have followed all of the regulations and procedures that are mandated by the school district as well as our insurance carrier for such a situation,” said Rianna.
One Glen Cove resident said that not having a director of facilities on staff to help oversee the project could pose a problem in the long run.
“I am concerned about not having a director of facilities available with this type of project,” said the resident.
In other board news, new staff members, including new Landing Elementary School Principal Benjamin Roberts, were introduced at Monday’s board meeting. New teachers at Glen Cove High School and Deasy Elementary were also introduced.
As of Monday, the district was still searching for a new high school assistant principal, director of facilities and a secretary for the director of facilities as well as other positions.
“We have worked rigorously all week to get staff in place and at the next board meeting we will have new staff to introduce. It is our due diligence to get things done,” said Rianna.
In the facilities update, Rianna said the high school, middle school and Deasy Elementary are in great shape for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
“Our custodial staff worked continuously throughout the summer and our buildings are safe, clean and ready for the start of school.”