MASSENA - Tours that the Massena Central School Board of Education once took of the districts buildings may be a thing of the past.
Instead, the Facilities Committee will take on the task.
Board members in years past toured the different schools and then held a board of education meeting at that location.
For all the years Ive been on the board, its been required, long-time board member William G. Sommerfield told other board members during their recent meeting.
But thats not the case, according to board President John R. Boyce.
I looked at the requirement to. I made it a point myself. A couple of years ago we did have meetings in all the buildings for that purpose and to move around, Mr. Boyce said. I brought it up to Kevin (Perretta, chairman of the Facilities Committee). There is no actual requirement to do that.
Instead, Mr. Perretta said, the visits and inspections of the building can be handled by the Facilities Committee members.
The Facilities Committee can bounce around from building to building and report to the board, he suggested.
Interim Superintendent William W. Crist agreed, noting regular inspections are conducted in the districts five school buildings. He took part in a facilities review shortly after his arrival on Aug. 1.
John Boyce and I, along with the director of operations (William L. Seguin), did do a facilities review within the first few days when I arrived. We went through all the facilities, both inside and out, he said.
While Mr. Crist said it would be nice for board members to visit the various schools and conduct meetings there, it required plenty of planning to ensure tables and chairs were set up, taking away from other maintenance staff duties.
Although its a pleasantry to go out and visit the schools and actually have a lot of board meetings, logistically theres a lot to make that happen, he said.