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Board hears nutrition, radon issues

Radon is a colorless and odorless natural occurring radioactive gas that can pose a cancer risk with repeated exposure to high concentrations of it.

Neil T. Sanders, assistant superintendent for business, said the situation is not critical, but something still needs to be done.

"The radon is not yet a health hazard, but any time radon is discovered, you should mitigate against the chance of any exposure," he said.

The Environmental Protection Agency and New York state officials have declared an "action level" amount of radon in the school, but Sanders said there is nowhere near enough to discuss evacuation.

The removal will not exceed $50,000 and will come out of the General Fund according to information provided at the meeting.

General information about the situation has been discussed at several meetings and letters have been sent to parents. Additional information about the situation has been posted online as well, Sanders said.

The Tuesday meeting was held at 7:30 p.m., but the members went into executive session both before the meeting and after. Executive session before a meeting is irregular, but the members said they had good reason.

"We needed information and the [person involved] was unavailable after the meeting. Not that exciting," said President Richard L. Weisz.

O'Connell said they had the person there to "negotiate," and it was more convenient for them to meet beforehand because they did not know when the public session of the meeting would end.

The executive session item before the meeting involved negotiations with the Guilderland School Administrators' Association, according to information provided at the meeting.

Items to be discussed at the executive session after the meeting included a "personnel issue," and a "negotiations update" regarding the Guilderland Teachers Association and Technology and Communications Personnel, according to information provided at the meeting.""

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