CAMPBELL | The Campbell-Savona School Board on Monday accepted the retirement of Director of Facilities Bob Wilson, who has been with the district 37 years -- but it wasn’t really goodbye just yet.
Wilson started with the district as a cleaner in 1982.
Superintendent Kathy Hagenbuch said in that time Wilson has done just about everything that’s been asked on him and many more things that haven’t.
“What hasn’t he done?,” Hagenbuch said. “Over his 37-year career as an employee and dedicated parent and community member Bob has coached it, reffed it, volunteered for it, set up for it and cleaned up after it.”
She also noted that since the district merger in 1992, Wilson has been a key player in an ongoing transformation of school facilities “into a state-of-the-art 21st-century school admired by all who visit.”
The board presented a small gift to Wilson at Monday’s meeting in recognition of his retirement.
“Congratulations and thank you for your service to the district,” board President Tom Hauryski told Wilson.
“We will replace the position, but we’ll never replace Bob,” Hagenbuch added.
Replacing the position won’t be easy for other reasons as well.
Officials said going through the state Civil Service system to find an appropriate candidate may be a lengthy process, noting as an example that the state agency conducts business entirely by postal mail.
That’s why they also on Monday created the position of Interim Director of Facilities, appointing Wilson to stay on until his replacement can be found.
Board members also heard an update at the meeting on facilities work that will be conducted during the summer.
The district continues to complete renovations approved by voters in a December 2015 referendum.
Hagenbuch said approximately $3 million of work will be done over the next few months.
“We’re getting ready so we can get rolling when students are gone,” Director of Management Services Jason Rosno told the board.
Major elements being done this summer include:
- Replacement of the roof on the bus garage.
- Air conditioning in the high school gym.
- Renovation of some high school student bathrooms.
- Adding additional security cameras throughout both schools.
- Replacing drinking fountains in both the Campbell Jr./Sr. High School and the Savona Elementary School with environmentally friendly fountains which will allow students and staff to refill water bottles, reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles.
- Continued conversation to more energy efficient LED lighting.
- and reconfiguring the Assistant Principal’s Office in the high school for increased security and efficiency.
District officials also briefly discussed the state’s decision to eliminate religious exemptions from vaccination requirements to attend school.
Hagenbuch told the board the change helps to clarify the law for the district.
She said under the previous rule “it was so nebulous as to how we determine the criteria for granting an exemption.”
The Campbell-Savona Central School Board of Education will hold its reorganization meeting for the coming year at 6:30 p.m. July 9 in the high school multipurpose room.