ARKPORT — Arkport school board members next month will probably approve charging Canaseraga Central no more than 25 percent of the total expenses for the combined athletic program at the two schools.

Charges will be based on “the total expenses (of) the athletic program,” not for the total amount budgeted, according to the agreement discussed at Arkport Central Wednesday night.

The percentage of athletic expenses charged to Canaseraga Central will be based on the early average participation rate of Canaseraga students. The expense will be calculated at the beginning of the second week of practice for each sport season, according to the resolution.

Arkport Central will bill Canaseraga Central at the conclusion of the 2017-18 sports season for this school year sports expenses, according to the resolution.

Arkport board members also discussed the need to plan long-term preparation of facilities for the combined athletic program. Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper said an example could be the consideration of lights for the Arkport Central running track for community use plus Arkport-Canaseraga track meets.

In another potential combined effort, the Canaseraga Lions Club will expand applications for the service club’s Summer Youth Leadership Program in Rochester.

The two schools are also sharing homecoming celebrations. About 25 students from Canaseraga Central participated in the pep rally bonfire Tuesday night in Arkport, according to Arkport board member Michelle Chamberlin. Harper said he expected more Canaseraga Central students at the homecoming dance tonight.

The two school districts merged athletic program in June as part of a potential merger of the two districts. Arkport and Canaseraga schools have been discussing merger for about half a century, according to district residents. Two attempts at merger in the mid-1990s were defeated by one vote in each district.

The two schools were also part of an effort to merge with Alfred-Almond that was defeated in each of the three schools three years ago.

Community members in Arkport and Canaseraga discussed merger of the two schools shortly after that ballot. Boards of each school have met and in public meetings discussed potential merger.

In another matter, Arkport Central voters in December overwhelmingly approved two capital projects estimated at a total cost of $8.2 million. Harper said after the ballot he was “pleased with the vote of confidence for the propositions."

One proposition is scheduled to include major rehabilitation inside and outside the school building, including replacement of dozens of old windows and 20 heaters original to the 1936 building, making Performing Arts Center (PAC) and small gym doors ADA-compliant (Americans with Disabilities Act) plus installation of upgraded lighting and an improved main entrance.

Hallways on both floors will undergo asbestos abatement and flooring replacement; second floor student lockers will be replaced, Harper said.

The project will restore almost 90 percent of the building roof. Areas that will be overlaid “are at the end of their useful lives,” the superintendent said.

Septic system replacement is needed because New York state regulations mandate replacement of public septic systems every 30 years. The school system is part of the original school building from the 1930s.

Board members Wednesday night saw a LaBella Associates slide presentation about potential colors for much of the interior work. Board members approved shades of blue, gray and green but were adamant about not using orange as an interior color.

The presentation showed hallways, entrance areas and cafeteria potential paint schemes.

LaBella Associates are architects for Arkport Central.

Board members also discussed school board and the superintendent’s goals for 2017-18. Board goals included improvement of district facilities and infrastructure, participation in the Arkport-Canaseraga merger study, strengthening partnerships with the learning community and engagement in board professional development.

Harper’s goals include improvement of district facilities and infrastructure, improvement of technology infrastructure and district-wide technology use, support and improvement of Pre-K through grade 12 district programs and strengthening learning community partnerships.