The Fairfield Area School District’s board is displaced for the summer while its regular home is being rehabbed.
The board conducted a brief meeting Monday at the Fairfield Borough Hall due to construction at the school, which is undergoing a $10.4 million total rehabilitation of its heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Business Manager Caroline Royer said the HVAC project is “going very, very well.”
“A lot of equipment” has arrived on site and workers are busy, assuring the first phase of the massive systems replacement will be completed before school begins in the fall, she said.
Royer sang the praises of the Trane corporation’s on-site project manager, Charles Henning.
“He understands our struggles, is very detail oriented” and keeps school officials informed on progress at a weekly project meeting, she said.
Fairfield’s Technology Coordinator Nate Makar confirmed Royer’s assessment of the work force, saying in his frequent encounters with workers at the school site he finds them “extremely polite and well-versed.”
The board approved the transfer of $20,000 from the general fund to cover a projected loss of that amount in the schools’ food service expenses.
The shortfall resulted from decreased student enrollment and increased costs. Ways are being sought to encourage more students to purchase school lunches and to reduce expenses.
The board accepted the resignation of Stefanie Yost, who was a high school social studies teacher and yearbook advisor. Her replacement is being sought and the administration is authorized to hire an appropriate candidate at any time over the summer.
Following last month’s resignation of board member Apryl Huster, who is moving out of the district, the board launched a search for her replacement.
Applications for the vacant board position are available at the district’s administrative offices and via the website www.fairfieldpaschools.org.
The deadline for completed applications is 2 p.m. on July 17, and the board expects to appoint Huster’s successor at its July meeting.
Being sought for the vacant position, according to board member Rhonda Myers, is an individual who “is intelligent, has common sense and whose heart is in the right place, wanting the best for our kids.”
Board member Lionel Whitcomb Jr. echoed Myers’ conviction that “kids first” is a primary qualification, whether or not applicants have children.
Fairfield’s Superintendent Michael Adamek was absent from the meeting due to vacation.
The next board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 22, will be held at the Fairfield Borough Hall at 108 W. Main St.