Reynolds works toward next year’s budget news

The deficit for the 2018 -19 school year was originally predicted to be about $1.2 million. But with some trimming and a 1.5-mill property tax increase, the board has gotten that number to $296,421, which will be taken from the fund balance, Morrison said.

Currently, visitors at the elementary and junior/senior high school have to be buzzed into the building and then have access to the entire school. The board proposed installing a holding room just inside the main entrance so that after being buzzed in, visitors can’t go into the rest of the school without the secretary’s approval. Visitors will also talk to the secretary through a laminated glass barrier that has a slot to pass things through.

To build the two security walls in the schools will cost $8,500. The board also wants to increase the school’s fire power by allowing unarmed security guards to carry a gun for an additional $7 an hour added to their $22 rate. This would only be for events for which district officials feel extra protection is necessary, like the upcoming prom, said Scott Shearer, secondary school principal.

The schools spend about $20,000 on paper towels each year, Covelli said, with the the elementary school using more than the junior/senior high school. In a two-year plan, Covelli has budgeted to install hand driers in every bathroom. The smaller bathrooms will have two hand driers, the larger bathrooms will have four and the handicapped restrooms will also have a hand drier.

The hand driers will also alleviate the problem of paper towel vandalism. Students like to stuff them in the sinks and toilets, said Amy Leczner, elementary school principal. They have come close to breaking a toilet with the clog, she said.

Other items on Covelli’s list include installing a flow monitor on the boiler system for $8,000 that will alert him of changes in pressure. He also wants to spent $5,000 to repair the curbs, which are crumbling in iceberg chunks. His plan is to keep patching them until they absolutely need to be replaced.

Covelli has a similar preventative plan for the parking lots. It costs $15,000 to triple seal the parking lot, which will extend its life, Covellli said. Usually, the board uses one top coat, which is about half the cost of the triple seal, but the one coat doesn’t last that long, he said.

There is also substantial “ponding” of water on the school roofs, and Covelli proposed spending $30,000 on roof drains to remove the water and keep it from damaging the insulation below. This $30,000 might not cover all the roof repairs, but the board will cap the money once it reaches $30,000.

Covelli also wants to replace the sump pump flow indicator system in the high school for $5,000. Two of the three flow switches are broken, which means that if the third fails, and if the boiler pipe ruptures, then there is nothing else to stop the flooding, he said.

• Bill Brownlee, of Transfer, proposed incorporating Reynolds’ students into the Transfer Harvest Home Fair, which is Aug. 21-25. Student activities could include competitions, skits and a pep rally, since the sports teams will be kicking off about that same time, Brownlee said.

• The Reynolds High School Key Club received a slew of state honors. The awards include the Dome Award for increased membership; Youth Serving Youth Award; First Place Silver Division Service Hours Award for 3,005 hours of service; Second Place Highest Club Average per Member Service Award for 65.5 hours of service per person; Brandamore Award for outstanding Kiwanis family relations; Second Place Scrapbook Award for a scrapbook made out of paper-shaped keys; Builders Club Sponsorship Award; Early Bird Dues Award and the UNICEF Award. The club also received the Distinguished Club Award, which is only given to two out of the more than 200 clubs in the state. This is the first time Reynolds Key Club has received the honor.