Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Greenwood Lake School Board met on Wed., Aug. 16. Architect Eric Wilson provided an update on capital projects taking place at the district buildings.
Wilson began with a review of the process leading up to the present capital projects. A building condition survey of the Greenwood Lake School District was done in 2015. Wilson explained that New York State requires and funds a building survey every five years for each district. The first capital project public vote, in February 2016, was defeated, but passed in the second referendum in November of 2016.
Capital Projects at Middle School
Wilson reported that some of the work on the capital projects took place in the middle school this summer, including the replacement of the gym floor and the refurbishment of the school fields. He outlined the budgeted costs for the following projects: the gym floor replacement, $244,236; the refurbishment of the fields, $513,024; the security enhancements, $146,344; and the Project Lead the Way construction, $548,790.
In the middle school, the main office will have an entrance vestibule with a security guard who will control the traffic in and out of the building.
Wilson then spoke about the Project Lead the Way space renovations. He said that furniture, including desks, will be fully mobile so they can be reconfigured according to the needs of the project and a folding door will lead to an outside patio to facilitate projects that can be done outside.
Capital Projects at Elementary School
With regards to the capital projects at the elementary school, Wilson explained that some items, such as the roof work, have already been completed. The school entrance is being changed and will be relocated to where the elevators are currently located. The elementary school cafeteria does not have adequate lighting or toilet facilities and improvements to the cafeteria will include an expansion of 25 percent of the floor area, more light coming through the roof, and toilet facilities.
Interim School Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen advised that the Board is required to have a Policy Committee and an Audit Committee. Board members Susan Selzer, Kevin Tuhy and Michael Buckley were appointed to the Policy Committee at the meeting.
PTSA member Patricia Wark welcomed Dr. Steven Cohen as the Interim Superintendent, the new Middle School Principal Mr. Jeffrey Golubchik and new Board members Kevin Tuhy and Mary Lally.
A Meet and Greet with the new Interim Superintendent, Dr. Steven Cohen and the new Middle School Principal, Mr. Jeffrey Golubchik, took place prior to the start of the meeting.
There will be a public vote for the open seat on the Board on Wed., Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the elementary school gymnasium, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tues., Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Elementary School gymnasium.