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Capital Improvements Completed

Students welcomed back to school on Sept. 2

All seven buildings have been made ready for the arrival of nearly 4,000 K-12 students on the first day of school—Tuesday, Sept 2. The board of education and administration wishes each and every Garden City student a successful 2014-15 school year,

Over the summer break, many district-wide facility projects were completed. These include a variety of projects made possible through funds in this year’s voter-approved budget.

The completion of the final Bond and Energy Performance Contract (EPC) punch list items, building management system projects that dovetail the new heating and cooling systems with the mechanical and web-based controls to maximize efficiency, is imminent. Allocated capital funds were utilized for the purchase and installation of new auditorium seating and carpeting at Stewart and Stratford. Fifty new doors are being installed at Stratford. Upgrades to the schools’ security systems that include the installation of new classroom door locks and additional cameras are part of this year’s district-wide security initiative. New exterior math wing walkways were installed at the high school, and the tennis court surfaces were repaired. The middle school Home and Careers rooms were refurbished, including new drop ceilings and lighting, and new cabinets. The hallway floor tiles at Homestead were replaced, Stratford and Stewart will receive new school signs, and Hemlock and Locust are scheduled to receive supplemental exterior lighting.

— Submitted by Garden City Public Schools

News

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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Saturday, November 1



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