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Secondment to province means voice for rural boards

The Renfrew County Board of Education is losing one of its employees, at least for the next six months.

James Brose, the plant manager, has been seconded by the Ministry of Education to be the implementation co-ordinator for the newly developed Building Condition Assessment software program, formally ReCapp.

According to Roger Clarke, education director, Mr. Brose will spend the next six months in this new position, with the possibility his duties could be extended for another six months in September 2011.

"This opportunity will allow James to have a voice for small rural boards when the ministry considers the assessment of building conditions throughout the province," he said.

Back in 2003, the ministry began reviewing the conditions of each school in the province to determine the extend of renewal and renovation costs, with all of this information recorded on computer software called ReCapp.

Mr. Brose, along with chief custodians at each schools, spent a lot of time working at completing the ReCapp files, a slow process, since at the time most of the schools have additions and detailed records weren't kept.

Some of the information the ministry requires includes dates of changes to flooring, interior painting and changes to light fixtures.

Updating the provincial system means the information will also have to be updated

Stephen Uhler is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

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