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School Security Upgrade Plan, Wind Turbine Installation and More This Week

Rob Burke may finally install the wind turbine he's fought for years to put on his Hamburg Turnpike business, Wayne Auto Spa.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez / Patch file photo
Superintendent Ray Gonzalez / Patch file photo

Here are a few things you may find on Wayne Patch this week.

  • The Board of Education approved going out for a referendum in March to help finance a sweeping project that would upgrade several safety and security measures at nearly every school in the district.

The Board has applied to the state for debt service aid from the state to finance 40 percent of the project’s cost. The exact improvements and projects vary from school to school, said Superintendent Ray Gonzalez.

The projects are part of the district’s Long Range Facility Plan. The state-mandated plan requires districts to comprehensively assess their building systems and identify which ones need to be replaced.

District officials have not yet said what the specific improvements are.

  • The Board approved the district’s Energy Savings Improvement Plan Thursday. 

The $10 million plan is designed to pay for itself over the next 15 years. The plan involves installing 16,000 LED and high-efficiency light blubs and fixtures and automotive temperature control systems in every school. Thirteen of the district’s 35 boilers will be replaced based on their “age and current fuel inefficiencies,” Gonzalez previously said.

  • Robert Burke’s plan to install a wind turbine may finally come true this year. Burke originally applied to install a 75-foot wind turbine at his business, Wayne Auto Spa, six years ago. The matter dragged through the court systems for years. The town settled with Burke last year.

We’ll talk to Burke and see what the timetable is for installing the turbine. 

Pad January 13, 2014 at 03:52 AM
This security upgrade is being done without a study by school security experts. I am sure the amount they are spending is way out of line. Taxpayers are overtaxed in Wayne as it is. This referendum certainly will be voted down by the taxpayers. The Wayne BOE just can't stop spending! Spender Gonzalez has to go!
joann ranalletti January 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM
So much for wanting input from the public by the BOE and Gonzalez. This whole thing about input from the public about the school budget is a ploy. Election of old incumbents in Nov. Guess they do not know some people can see thru their games!
KrisTee January 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Why such a rush to complete the state mandates? Does anyone know if all the BOE's are making such decisions to meet the same state mandates as Wayne ??
Pad January 13, 2014 at 08:32 PM
In Wayne the 1st order of business at the BOE is "SPEND, SPEND SPEND". Spender Gonzalez is really living up to his name. In March the 5 million dollar referendum vote needs to be voted down until a realistic study is done by school security professionals and not the BOE facilities Dept & Wayne PD. Who came up with this amount is still unanswered. And where is the #2 person? Is she still employed or has she gone underground?
I don't think so January 14, 2014 at 01:41 PM
I think the article is wrong, the referendum has not been agreed to. It is the typical reporting that goes on around here.

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