Superintendent Message: Capital Project Update

Since breaking ground on Oct. 30, 2018, the building and grounds have already undergone significant changes, as part of the voter-approved capital project. 

The first of three additions is nearing completion. This will result in the new and enlarged cafeteria being open to students upon the return from April break. The work on the two other additions — a single classroom addition to the primary wing, and a sizeable two-story addition in the rear of the building that will be the new middle school wing — has also commenced.  In both cases, the foundations have been poured and backfilled. Steel has arrived for the middle school addition and has begun to be erected; the space is really beginning to take shape. 

Also occurring, primarily during “second shift” or evening hours, are infrastructure improvements and upgrades. This includes safety upgrades, and, in particular, the installation of a building-wide sprinkler system. 

It is amazing how quickly things have and will continue to occur.  Both of these classroom additions and the renovations (scheduled for this summer) of the existing middle school wing will be completed by the end of the summer, and ready for students to occupy at the start of the next school year. 

With this amount of significant work comes temporary disruptions and inconvenience. The drop-off and pick-up areas will continue as has been for the remainder of this school year.  Your continued patience and understanding is appreciated.  We will be working in the coming weeks to repair some of the “rough patches” in the parking lot, but it is not advisable to resurface until the project is complete. 

We are excited about the improvements and opportunities this project will bring to our students now and for years to come!    

Maureen Long
Menands Superintendent