School Board Meeting Minutes January 27, 2010

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Cranberry Isles School Board
Minutes of 27 January 2010

I. Meeting was called to order by chairperson Barbara Meyers at 1:10 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office, MDI High School. Present: Board members Barbara Meyers and Ted Spurling, Jr., Cindy Thomas via speaker phone; Superintendent Rob Liebow; and Chuck Ives from EBS Building Supplies to advise about windows.
II. Voucher was reviewed, approved and signed.
III. Minutes of 6 January 2010 were reviewed and approved (Motion: Cindy; Second: Barbara; Vote: Yes, unanimously.
IV. Principal’s Report was reviewed (see separate sheet e-mailed by Carol MacRae).
Carol is in Rockland with Art Teacher Shira Singer, to honor Shira in her award of a fellowship from the Maine Alliance for Arts Education.
V. Discussion Item: Window Replacement at Longfellow School.
A. Chuck Ives from EBS suggested three options for method of repair, and presented various styles of windows to consider:
1. Remove and repair (or replace) existing windows; repair or replace storm windows.
2. Install replacement (insert) windows into existing frames if frames OK.
3. Remove window frame, install completely new window unit with its own frame.
B. Barbara said that residents of Great Cranberry have expressed the desire to keep the windows historical in appearance. She also said that they expressed interest in
contributing or fund-raising to that effect. Cindy asked if we could get new windows with the same number of panes. Chuck said yes, that each of the options includes choice of pane configuration.
C. Discussion whether to repair existing windows, or replace with new inserts or new units.
1. Keeping existing windows would mean keeping storm windows also.
Barbara said that many of the existing storm windows are in poor condition.
2. Ted pointed out that keeping existing windows would mean continual labor-intensive upkeep(puttying/painting).
3. One of Chuck’s options is to replace with Brosco windows that are essentially identical to original, but that would mean continual upkeep, and because they are single-pane they have low R-value and would require storms.
D. After reviewing brochures (and faxing to Cindy),
1. The board ruled out the option of repairing the existing single-pane windows, or replacing with identical single-panes.
2. The board also ruled out, despite lower cost, the vinyl Waterville Window option because of poor appearance.
E. For the sake of appearance as well as R-value and maintenance, Chuck recommended the Andersen 6-over-6 pane FDL (full divided light), wood interior/vinyl exterior. This option has a permanent divided-pane configuration with internal dividers within the insulated panes as well as wood muntons(dividers) glued permanently to the inside. The outside has vinyl muntons.
According to the photographs the board agreed that this option was very attractive and in keeping with the historical period of the building.
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F. The choice of either new replacement inserts or new units would benefit from an R-value of approximately 3.8 as well as eliminate the need for storm windows, many of which would need replacing.
G. In reviewing photographs of the building and hearing of complaints (and reading one) about the small sideways window in the old Town Office room, the board
agreed that replacing that window with windows to match the others symmetrically was preferred.
H. Thirty double-hung windows are needed.
1. Chuck recommended, and the board agreed, that new units, rather than replacement inserts, would be better. This option would be closer in appearance to the original (the replacement inserts have their own frames, which show more wood around and less glass area).
2. Also, as some of the windows appear to need new frames, this would eliminate the need to replace those frames first, as they would be removed and new frames included with the unit installations.
I.Vote: Yes, unanimously.
J. In disclosure, Chuck stated that these windows are available from other suppliers as well as EBS, and that the Town is under no obligation to purchase from EBS. However, he will prepare a competitive quote. The board thanked him for his time in visiting the site and preparing and presenting the options.
VI. Other Business:
A. Barbara has been asked by a resident about a driveway that has been established over the Longfellow School lawn and leading to a barn owned by Janice Murch.
There is concern about rutting as the ground thaws. The driveway is currently used by the caretaker for access to the barn and for wood removal and plowing. Barbara agreed to ask Mrs. Murch to correct the situation.
B. Barbara read a letter from Ed Gray that stated his concern about window styles at Longfellow School and that he had ideas for contributions.
VII. Future Agenda Items: Windows, Longfellow School; other items to be determined.
Next meeting: Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 1:00 P.M. at the Superintendent’s Office.
VIII. Adjournment at 2:55 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Theodore L. Spurling, Jr.

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