Ilion’s Remington Elementary School was closed as a result of the recent merger of the Ilion and Mohawk school districts, but Kim Conley was on hand Wednesday to tell the village board the school won’t be empty come September.
The Remington Educational Complex will house several Herkimer BOCES programs, including the Pathways Academy at Remington. Pathways Academy will allow students in grades 7-12, including students with and without disabilities, to receive individualized instruction in the least restrictive environment.
“Each kid learns at a different level,” said Conley. “The focus will be on individualized instruction.”
He noted some of the students who will attend the academy have become disenfranchised from their home school districts for one reason or another.
“We’ll be focusing on career clusters and pathways,” said Conley, who will serve as principal at Remington. “We’re looking at, not so much college, but a career so they can earn a sustainable living for a family of four.”
He said a public open house is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 to give local residents an opportunity to tour the facility.
Adult and community education programs, GED programs and others will also be housed at Remington, according to Conley.
There will be some 40 faculty and staff for the Pathways Academy alone, he said, and another 10 to 15 for adult literacy and other programs.
Ilion Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling asked if the school would need road salt from the village DPW. Conley wasn’t sure, but said he would check on the matter.
BOCES has a five-year lease with Central Valley Central School for use of the Remington school building, Conley said.
Central Valley students will attend either Barringer Road Elementary School in Ilion or Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk for grades K-4, Jarvis School in Mohawk for middle school, grades 5-8, and Central Valley Academy in Ilion for grades 9-12.
Library Ilion Librarian Thomasine Jennings reported the library will host a workshop on saving energy at 2 p.m. on Aug. 26. Free light bulbs will be given to participants, so those planning to attend are asked to call 894-5028 to register.
“If it goes well, they may try for an evening session,” she added.
Jennings also reported on the summer reading program, which she said went well this year.
Trustee Beth Neale reported a couple of residents are looking into raising chickens in the village, but this is not permitted. She also said the humane society is overwhelmed with cats. She noted there have been reports of pine martens and fishers, both members of the weasel family, in the area and these animals prey on small animals.
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The village received a petition signed by 11 residents in the area of Elm Street and Gordon Place who want improvements made to the drainage system in the area.
Sterling said there is money in the village budget to add a storm drain that would serve that area, but because of the flooding earlier this summer, there has been no time to do the work yet.
Sterling and board members reviewed preliminary plans for a new village DPW garage. Sterling said the maintenance bays would have to be a little larger than what is shown in the plan submitted by Barton & Loguidice. He added there had been talk of putting the light department in the new building as well and additional space would be required for this.
The board began considering making changes in or replacing the garage as the result of a report late last year from Workers Compensation Alliance, in Long Island, and subsequent findings by village officials.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the appointment of Jason Boice as a lineman apprentice. There is a four-year process to becoming a lineman.
• Adopted the county plan for debris removal.
• Expressed support for the Ilion Elks, Knights of Columbus and Marine Corps League to renew their liquor licenses.
• Heard the Dockside Café had been repainted.