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Classroom damage being assessed

Heating units in two classrooms at Fredonia Middle School malfunctioned Jan. 18, triggering a piping leak that resulted in water damage to the two rooms.

Insurance adjusters are still working on a damage estimate, Fredonia School Board members learned during a meeting Tuesday night. Damaged were the ceiling, cabinets and teaching materials.

A malfunction in the heating units allowed frigid air from outdoors to freeze the pipes and cause leaks inside the classrooms.

John Forbes, district business administrator, said the school's other heating units are being checked to ensure they are in good working order.

The board also learned from Forbes that the school's boiler needs a $2,500 radiator. The board will review this to determine if this rises to the status of "health and safety" under contingency budget purchase guidelines.

Moreover, Forbes said a few of the brick walls in the school will need repointing to ensure their continued stability. This, he said, would be taken care of via insurance.

No action was taken by the board.

Joe Reyda, the district director of instruction and chief information officer, gave a report of the updates to the district's website. He added "" has been added to the website, which will allow parents to review what their children eat and add money to their lunch accounts.

The board also approved two retirements: Layna Pelletter, speech/language pathologist, and Drusilla Pasierb, art teacher.

"I wish them both much happiness," Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said.

The board meets next at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Room 636 of the high school.

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