Work on the athletic field project at Woodard and Girdle roads, across from the main Iroquois Central Schools campus, has triggered complaints from neighbors about dirt, dust, smells, noise and standing water.
School Superintendent Neil Rochelle said neighbors and project architects and engineers met last week to discuss issues such as the standing water in a ditch.
The water should be eliminated once a detention pond is completed, said Rochelle, who told the Iroquois School Board on Monday that engineers will make a recommendation by the end of October. He also said that the planting of trees would help ease privacy issues for neighbors.
In other business:
An alcohol-screening device and goggles that simulate what drugs and alcohol do to vision were presented to the district by the High School Parent Association.
State Trooper Joseph DePlato said that the device can determine if a person has been drinking. However, it is not a Breathalyzer, he said, and its results cannot be used in court.
It was suggested that the goggles be incorporated into the driver education program and health classes to show students the effects of drugs or alcohol on their motor functions. The goggles cost $900 and the screening device $405.
Rochelle reported that there were no problems on the first day of school and that enrollment was down by 53 students.