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Norwood selectmen get updates on recreation events, progress of school construction

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 19, 2011 10:00 AM

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The Norwood Board of Selectmen heard a monthly report Tuesday from Gerald Miller, the superintendent of the recreation department, and from the Permanent Building Construction Committee about the new high school.

Miller went over upcoming events for the month of October and introduced the recreation department’s newest event -- The Apple Extravaganza.

The extravaganza will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29 and will allow children and families to participate in apple painting, candy apple making, and apple pie baking. The cost is $20 per person.

The Permanent Building Construction Committee reported that the new high school was 97 percent complete, ahead of schedule, and under budget. Piles of debris in front of the school are slated for removal during the coming months beginning today.

The last 3 percent of work involves landscaping in front of the school.

In other news:

-- An article has been placed on the Nov. 14 warrant regarding funding for a concession stand at the high school. As read by the Board of Selectmen, the article states that money for a large concession stand that would include restrooms will come from leftover high school building funds.

However, the acting chairman of the School Committee, Paul Samargedlis, said after the meeting that the concession stand can be built without the funds; it will just be smaller in size.

“The school received $30,000 from alumni that was earmarked for the stand,” Samargedlis said. “We are more than happy to receive the money from the high school [building fund], but the committee is willing to just use the $30,000.”

He added that it was important for taxpayers to remember that the genesis of the concession stand came from the School Committee and did not include plans for such a large building.

-- All other agenda items were approved unanimously with the exception of Item Four of the Manager’s Agenda during which Selectman William Plasko had to abstain from a vote due to a conflict of interest.

The item article asks that Town Meeting members allow the Norwood Housing Authority to purchase gasoline through the town. Plasko is employed by the housing authority.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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