POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – During an emergency meeting on Sunday, the Poughkeepsie school district Board of Education approved up to $150,000 for rental and replacement costs for a boiler at Christopher Columbus Elementary School, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The building, which is now home to the Poughkeepsie Academic and Career Excellence (PACE) Academy, needed the boiler to ensure the well-being of the students and staff, according to the Journal, which cited wording taken from the board’s resolution.
According to the Journal, district administrators had already taken steps to address the boiler issue. The board’s decision simply “ratified” the replacement efforts, according to the Journal.
On Monday, staff at the school said a portable boiler system had been set up, according to the Journal, which reported that under state law, the situation constituted an emergency, which removes the school board’s obligation to seek competitive bids on the project.
PACE Academy has recently faced criticism by teachers, parents and students who have claimed the alternative school for grades 7-12 has had a “number of safety issues,” according to the Journal.
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