Hindley and Royle need hundreds of desks, chairs replaced

Image of old classroom chairs from the 1960's via Flickr user Karen Horton.

Image of old classroom chairs from the 1960’s via Flickr user Karen Horton.

The desks and chairs used at Hindley and Royle Schools are in the worst shape within the district, according to Dr. Judith Pandolfo, assistant superintendent of elementary education, who surveyed the furniture at all of the elementary schools.

The complete inventory list — a sum of $67,579.28 — contains necessary replacements and would be a minimum request for the 2013-2014 school year, Pandolfo said.

Each piece of furniture was rated between one and four — with the worst scoring listed in the replacement inventory. Hindley and Royle would need the most replacements, as Pandolfo identified 314 pieces of unsound furniture at Hindley, and 336 at Royle. There has not yet been an inspection of other types of furniture.

Hindley and Royle schools have accumulated more older and mismatched pieces of furniture, Pandolfo said. The new desks would be “solid desk tops with steel legs,” and solid, wood chairs which tend to have a longer lifespan.

The desks and chairs at Tokeneke, Holmes and Ox Ridge are in good condition, Pandolfo said. There has not yet been an inventory of larger pieces of furniture like bookshelves and cafeteria tables.

The Board of Education requested an inventory list after the elementary school principals’ requested $95,794 in total to replace furniture at a recent meeting. This request included desks and chairs, but also cafeteria tables, bookshelves, conference tables, rugs, and teacher chairs. At Tokeneke, there is a $4,500 request to place lockers in new classrooms.

The $97,000 amount the principals requested would stay the same, Pandolfo said, but would be distributed differently based on her findings.

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