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Malverne H.S. Roof Repairs Won't Cost Taxpayers

School district will not have to access funds approved by voters because roof is still under warranty.

Although Malverne school district residents authorized $312,000 to be used for roof repairs at when they passed last month, the work is now being performed at no cost to taxpayers.

Proposition #2, which voters approved (785 votes in favor, 363 against) on May 15 had been added to the ballot just weeks before the election when the district realized that the roof over the high school gymnasium had suffered rapid deterioration during the past six months, resulting in leaks.

The proposition gave the district the green light to use up to $312K from its Capital Reserves Fund for the project, however, at the May Board of Education meeting, Vice President Karen Aker -- who after 16 years on the board is retiring when her term is over at end of the month -- questioned whether the roof was still under warranty.

It was.

"We have confirmed the roof is under warranty and the contractor has begun making repairs," Spiro Colaitis, assistant superintendent for District Operations, told Patch on Wednesday.

The money that would have been spent on the repairs will now remain in the district's Capital Reserve Fund "to be available for something else," he added.

Highlander June 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
What's the point of having a school super intendant/assistant super intendant for district operations? The first question asked should have been “Is the roof under warranty?” before asking the taxpayers to foot the bill.
Gina Genti June 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
After making 2 phone calls Karen Aker was able to prevent us from wasting $312,000 of taxpayer funds. Thank you Karen for your service to the community and best of luck on your next project and your retirement from the BOE.
bob June 07, 2012 at 11:30 PM
unless they wanted all along to have this money "to spend on something else". roof repairs always get approved.They know this
Tom Grech June 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Before all the atta-boys start going around at the BOE, looks like the BOE should have asked these questions BEFORE THEY VOTED ON IT. But they DID VOTE FOR THE $312k to be appropriated.
sally June 08, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Just a question here, who was the bid given to if the repairs were done? Was this an oversite, or something else? I wonder. When something in my home or car breaks down, the FIRST thing I do is get out the warranty book see if it is still under warranty.
Highlander June 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
The school board of volunteers should not be held responsible for the monetary fiasco involving the gym roof repair. What are we paying fulltime professional Superintendent/Assistant and staff of Operations for? They should be held accountable to the taxpayers! Who if anyone is taking responsibility? or for heavens sake have to answer for this major oversite? This money ($) was approved by propostion vote. Any diversion of the funds should then be put on the ballot again and not spent at the whim of the administration! What about returning it to the taxpayers?
Concerned Resident June 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
This kind of nonsense goes on all the time and no one is held accountable!! There is no common sense and only coruption when dealing with anything doing with the government. Responsibity trickles down from the top all the way to the board. We elect the board to oversee the officials that are hired not elected. The board is there to protect the taxpayers and children. Imediate deciplinary actions should be demanded. This is a serious oversight that was questioned by a taxpayer. Imagine all that they get away with that no one catches!! Karen you will be missed!!!! You have always been an outstanding board member. Kuddos to you in your retirement!!
Theresa M. June 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
This is a shame. BEFORE this was brought to the attention of the taxpayers to vote on why didn’t anyone - ANYONE ask the question of whether the roof was still under warranty? Not the administration, not the attorneys and not the Board until after the fact? That’s horrible.
artemis June 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Don't be so harsh. Hunderfund$ only makes $500,000+ per year, and he only has about a dozen six-figure employees running this giant district with less kids than a typical single elementary school in the NYC system. They need more help and a larger budget. All the taxpayers in Malverne should be wearing that donkey mascot costume, because they are all being taken for you know whats.
Jan Kasal December 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
If you follow the Malverne school district news on a regular basis you are aware that the board of education has recently become an agenda of its own, not leaving much room for any other business. Its conduct has been divisive, obscure, and poisonous. The current school board is a burden and embarrassment to the school district residents. If you are ready to dedicate some time to prepare for the upcoming May 2013 school budget and school board member elections and to change the course, please join others by contacting me at vevajanka@hotmail.com

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