Story by Shelley R. Clapper
At the Greenwood Lake School Board meeting on Wed., Jan. 18, architect Eric Wilson gave a presentation on a projected timeline for the capital projects. Wilson, from KG&D Architects, who is heading the Capital Projects for the District, explained that with regard to the timeline, they have split the projects into two groups: those that the State Education Department (SED) can approve without extended review, allowing work to begin in the summer, and those that need design and extended review from SED.
Projects to be Completed in 2017
Focusing on the Middle School, Wilson explained that the projects are mostly level one alteration projects. These projects do not need new systems or new spaces or new configurations. The projects include the replacement of the gymnasium floor and work on the athletic field. Wilson said they will go to the SED in February for a review, go to bid in March and hopefully bids will be awarded by the Board meeting in April. Construction can then take place in the summer of 2017. Wilson added that the grass should be establishing itself for the fall season but Superintendent Christine Ackerman interceded at this point to clarify that the District’s not expecting to be able to use the fields for the fall sports season.
Projects to be Completed in 2018
Wilson explained that the balance of the capital projects will be on a 2018 construction track.
“We are going to have different phases of design: schematic design, design and development, and construction documents. At each stage we will come back to the Board with the plans and review them and ask for your approval. The first phase we are going to be meeting with the District and stakeholders to talk about what exactly should be in the design. That will be in the next four of five weeks. The next seven or eight weeks after that will be schematic design and in April we will be coming back to you for the completed documents for your review and approval,” said Wilson.
The next stage for design and development will take about ten weeks, until the end of June. During the summer, KG&D will work on construction documents to present to the SED in September. The approval process is anticipated to take about 20 weeks for approval. Based on that, construction should begin in June 2018 with completion by December 2018.
Dr. Ackerman said that the Board of Education goals that would be applied to the 2017-2018 school year are the same as they have been for the last two years. The goals are:
- Goal 1: Inspire the love of learning in all members of the school community.
- Goal 2: To preserve and enhance the local educational program for the Greenwood Lake K–12 students.
- Goal 3: To respond to students’ individual learning differences.
- Goal 4: To offer a cost effective education, aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan that utilizes best practices and academic research to provide students and staff the resources and infrastructure required for optimum teaching and learning in a safe and healthy environment.
- Goal 5: To strive to develop, through community partnerships, the strength of character and knowledge necessary to cultivate responsible citizens, prepared to live in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Eighth Grade Selection & Student Survey Results
Dr. Ackerman shared the results of a survey that eighth graders had taken about their high school choice.
Ackerman said that approximately seventy percent of G.L. eighth graders have chosen to go to Warwick High School for the 2017-2018 school year. She said that approximately 25 percent were going to Chester.
In the survey, eighth graders were asked to read through a list and check which factors had influenced their high school decision. The factors included school size, sports programs, curriculum, extracurricular activities, lunch format, family decision and school facilities. Dr. Ackerman said that most students had chosen the curriculum as the most important factor, followed by sports programs.
Ackerman added that there have been less transfers between high schools after students’ initial decisions than in the previous year and that she anticipates that there will be even less in the coming year.
Next Board Meeting
The next School Board business meeting will beheld on Wed., Feb. 16 at 6.30 p.m. at the G.L. Elementary School, located at 80 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.