The Glen Cove Board of Education met at Landing School Monday night. There were a large number of residents in attendance.
A new work order process was introduced and Greg Foreman, director of Building and Grounds, delivered a report to the board both on projects that have been completed and that are on the list to be done.
At the first January Board of Education meeting, both board members and residents voiced concern about how current maintenance of school facilities was being monitored. They wanted confirmation that needed repairs were being reported and that the administration was tracking the status of those repairs.
Mr. Foreman demonstrated a new computerized system Monday that supplies formal monitoring for the school administrators.
The system tracks the status of each order, who is involved in the project, the time spent on the project and the budget involved.
He said the system will be shared with all administrators, creating,"A dialogue and transparency that will be brand new. I have high expectations."
Superintendent Aronstein added, "We will all be working within the same system so there is quite a bit of redundancy, which is what you want in a tracking system. This is a step forward." He said Mr. Foreman will meet with the principals biweekly and regularly with the head custodian.
The entire parking lot at the high school was redone. Mr. Foreman said the school district's bidding process was very successful in bringing the job in at a good price. He quoted that the work was done for under $20,000.
Security cameras were installed on the second floor of the high school, to complete that ongoing project. Also at the high school, there is a radio station in progress.
The Thayer House has been painted for the first time in 30 years. Mr. Foreman said that the project involved lead containment as a result of the age of the building. He said it now has a "nice new skin" meant to look good and protect against the lead.
In the Wunsch auditorium, a repainting project resulted in touches like gold leaf on some doors and esthetic details throughout.
In the middle school, a cupola was lost during a windstorm. This was a difficult item to replace in an economical manner, because it was copper. But, recently a new cupola has been obtained.
Readers who attended the recent technology presentation at the high school, or watched election night on CNN, remember the SMARTBoard. Mr. Foreman said that the schools now have 99 SMARTBoards, with about 15 more coming. He said that project was put together in-house and according to his numbers they got the job done at half the price of the open market.
One more item of interest is that they will be reopening bathrooms in the high school that have not been in use for 30 years. This will be done slowly, budget-willing.