The greenhouse at Geneseo High School will be demolished at the end of the 2009-10 school year.


The greenhouse at Geneseo High School will be demolished at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

At their Nov. 12 meeting, school board members unanimously voted to remove the greenhouse to be in compliance with health-life safety requirements.

“The greenhouse doesn’t meet code,” said Jack Schlindwein, the district’s director of operations.

“It’s not air tight, the windows are poor and it has poor ventilation. Basically, it’s old and it needs to be replaced.”

The greenhouse is a lean-to structure located in the high school courtyard. The greenhouse is attached to a science classroom.

“The difficulty with the demolition will be getting equipment inside the courtyard,” said Schlindwein.

“Either they’re going to have to come through the building with the equipment or lift equipment up and over the building. Either way, it’s not going to be cheap getting to it.”

To remove the greenhouse and make needed renovations to the section of the school where the structure is attached is estimated to cost $58,000.

“We expect to start demolition the first day school is out for the summer,” said Schlindwein.
The greenhouse is utilized by several classes and for special education activities. “We won’t replace the greenhouse right away. We want to wait and see how much it’s in need,”?he said.

“Our intention is probably to replace it, we just won’t do it immediately,” he said.

If a new greenhouse is constructed, it will be a free-standing unit located elsewhere on the school grounds.

The cost for a new greenhouse and site work is estimated to be $110,000.