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Fencing that will close off the construction site at Weber Middle School has been set up this week, signaling the start of an anticipated 12 to 14 month schedule of additions and renovations of the school building.

"The construction is on schedule," notes Assistant Superintendent for Business Mary Callahan, who says that groundbreaking will be held within the next few weeks. As the work proceeds, information on traffic, parking and construction will be made available to the community.

The construction at Weber will include the addition of 20 general classrooms, four science rooms, new technology and special education rooms, a new library/media center and a design for increased circulation and a new corridor link. Major alterations are: renovated rooms for art, science, computers and music; expanded gymnasium; cafeteria bathrooms; and multi-purpose spaces and offices.

Pursuant to Education Commissioner's Regulation 155.5(d), the Port Washington School District will provide a safe school environment throughout this project, including an update of the school emergency plan, to reflect any temporary exits or procedures needed as a result of the construction work.

Fire drills will be held to familiarize students and staff with any temporary exits. The construction area will be separated from occupied areas of the building and construction workers will be required to wear photo identification badges. All applicable federal and state rules and regulations will be strictly adhered to throughout the length of this project. Specific questions or concerns may be directed to Eric Vonderhorst, director of Facilities, at 767-4313.


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