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May 1, 2014

Plan for R-H chemistry labs draws criticism

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — MIDDLEPORT — A proposal to refurbish the chemistry labs at Royalton-Hartland High School was nixed Wednesday by the Board of Education after the plan failed to meet specifications that the board recommended. 

In a previous meeting, the board decided to move forward with having the labs placed in the newer addition to the high school.

The plan presented Wednesday by Facilities Director Mike Fisher would keep the labs in the old section of the high school, on the third floor and moved to the area once used for home economics classes.

The current chemistry labs are in serious need of updating, according to Fisher. Lab tables in use now are from 1949.

Fisher’s plan called for around $70,000 in work. All but $15,000 of that would be put into equipment that could be moved to a new lab setting in the future, he said. 

“Three quarters of your cost is all movable,” Fisher said. 

The issue, Board Member Jeffrey Waters said, is that the board doesn’t want to put any more money into remodeling sections of the old building, which was built in 1911. 

“To me, it’s been a no-brainer since day one,” he said. 

Since there is no timeline in place to address the outdated labs through a larger project, Fisher said he was looking to do something with the labs that was cost efficient and conducive to teaching.

“I lay before you, at this point, my best recommendation that this will accomplish that goal without outlaying a substantial amount of money that’s not recuperable,” he said. 

The board hasn’t been presented with a cost estimate for moving the labs to a new part of the building, Waters said. 

“That was the board’s recommendation. We were unanimous, I think. Every one of us said no more money,” he said.

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