By Shirley Murtha
Preceding its Nov. 2 regular meeting, the Granby Board of Selectmen convened a special three-board meeting to obtain the support of the Boards of Finance and Selectmen for the Board of Education's proposal to close Kearns and reconfigure the other schools as described in the BOE report in the November issue of the Drummer. The BOF and BOS concurred that the described project was indeed in the best interest of all concerned. BOF chairman Mike Guarco noted that approval of funding for the project would require a vote at a special town meeting, which has been scheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 in the GMHS auditorium. Guarco said that it is desired that the funding be "in house," rather than go out for a bond issue. (See Guarco's article on p. ____ for the details of the financials regarding this project.)
At its Nov. 16 meeting, the BOS approved a resolution to transfer the remaining $80,000 from a 2006 bond issue to the Capital Non-recurring Expenditure Fund. When added to the CNEF's existing $720,000, the transfer will complete the $800,000 needed for the Kearns closure and the Wells Road and Kelly Lane renovations.
International Brotherhood of Police Officers
The BOS accepted the union's proposed three-year agreement, which includes wage increases of 2.35, 2.25 and 2.15 percent for each of the succeeding years. Among other items are an increase of $100 in the clothing allowance, bringing the amount to $1,400; increasing the officer in charge's supplement from $1 to $1.50 an hour; and increasing the educational incentives from $650 to $700 for a baccalaureate and $850 to $900 for a master's degree.
Granby Association of School Administrators
By taking no action, the BOS tacitly accepted the union's proposed three-year agreement for wage increases of 2.25, 2.20 and 2.15 percent for each of the succeeding years. The proposed contract also includes a step freeze for the first year, and 3.5 and 3.0 percent increases for the second and third years.
Jeff Spence expressed concern for the future of the Kearns School building. He feels that it is less expensive to maintain an active building than to renovate it. He was also concerned about collateral expenses on the infrastructure of the high school, noting, for example, that parking is already at a premium on the campus.
Jerry Ledger expressed dismay that nothing has yet been done regarding the sidewalks that are to be installed from the center to Salmon Brook Park. This issue was addressed later in the meeting when the board approved appropriation of a $510,000 grant from the state, allowing construction to begin in the spring of 2016.
Appointment of Building Committee
At its Nov. 2 meeting, the BOS approved the formation of a Building Committee to oversee the structural changes to be made at the Kelly Lane School and playground for the incoming kindergarten students. At the November 16 meeting, the following residents were appointed: Gordon Bischoff, Mark Fiorentino, Bill Kennedy, Steve Royer and Jim Sansone. Town Manager Bill Smith and Superintendent Alan Addley will attend as non-voting members.