|September 12, 2014 Issue||
Volume 10, Issue 34
The Lansing Central School District had received word that a new septic system planned for the middle school may conflict with a Native American burial site. But this week District Business Administrator Mary June King reported to the Board of Education that the State and National Registers of Historic Places has backed off of its request for an expensive Phase I Archaeological Survey. She said that Tetra Tech Project Manager Tom Farlow has received a letter from he New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has confirmed the project will not interfere with cultural sites.
"At our last meeting I mentioned the possibility of the septic project being held up because of the possibility interference with an Indian burial ground," she said. "Tetra Tech put all their resources to work on it. We received notice on August 29th from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)."
Even as it moves forward with the septic system replacement capital project, the Lansing Board Of Education is considering a new project that it is calling the S.M.A.R.T. (Security, Mechanical, Architectural, Reconstruction, Technology) Project. District Business Administrator Mary June King says the $6,450,000 project can be completed with no additional taxes or budget impact.
"We've done a number of projects since our 2010 Building Condition Survey came out," she told the school board. "There were still a number of items, mostly infrastructure related that remain on the Building Condition Survey that we haven't touched yet."
Lansing's Central Fire Station was the halfway point Wednesday for 1037 Q-Country's Chris Allinger, who was 'Walkin' The Country' all week to raise money for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's Backpack Program™. Allinger is walking over 100 miles all around Tompkins County getting people to contribute by putting checks and cash into his backpack.
"We've had such a wonderful reception here and they've been putting money into the backpack," Wake Up Q host Allinger said. "Some of them explained that they did a bottle and can drive to collect that money, and they placed it in my backpack because they wanted it to go to the children to make sure they have something to eat over the weekends. Beautiful, beautiful kids helping other kids. We love that."
Often after the pageantry of the Lansing High School Commencement a quieter graduation takes place in August for students who have taken longer to earn their degrees. Four students were honored Monday for their persistance in earning their high school diplomas even when it took a little longer to do so. Sierra Boles, Christopher Emley, Andrew Reakes and Zairien Weeks joined the Class of 2014 in August and were celebrated at Monday's Board of Education Meeting.
"We want to make sure that we celebrate our graduates," said Superintendent Chris Pettograsso. "Sierra completed earning her Regent's Diploma this summer. She is currently attending college at TC3 where she is playing softball. Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said that some of the other students are joining the workforce, while others are also attending TC3."
The 2014 Fall Bridal Show attracted 28 local and not-so-local vendors to The Shops at Ithaca Mall in the Village of Lansing Saturday, to help prospective brides and grooms plan their weddings. Visitors visited al manner of vendors in a rare opportunity to check out businesses that could provide every aspect of a wedding in one place. Mall Marketing Director Rafael Larramendi says the mall has hosted bridal shows for at least a decade, but this was his first since he came to work here.
"I enjoyed meeting some of the vendors who have bene coming here year after year," he says. "I like knowing that we can be a venue for connecting people in the community with experts in their respective industries to help people with that special day they are planning or are going to plan, and knowing they are going to get some answers here."