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School Buildings Projects Moving Forward

Several school facilities projects are underway this summer, including roofing, masonry re-pointing and lintel replacement at Weber, Schreiber, Sousa and Guggenheim. Some ADA compliance projects will also be completed at these four schools. All of these projects were planned to make the buildings more secure. The majority of the work will be completed over the summer except for some of the masonry work, which will be finished during the beginning of the school year, said James Ristano, Director of Facilities & Operations for the Port Washington School District.

The projects are being funded by a bond referendum that was voted on and passed during the 2012/2013 budget vote. The past year was spent designing the projects and coordinating the bidding process.

According to Ristano, Weber will receive a complete removal of pitched and flat sections. The pitched sections will receive an architectural asphalt shingle; the flat sections will have an asphalt- type roofing system. The re-pointing of masonry sections and window lintel replacement will also take place.

Schreiber will have sections of the roof replaced; these sections include the Weight Room, Social Studies wing, and one of the general classroom wings. The re-pointing of sections with window lintels will also take place.

Sousa will have the last original section of the roof replaced, over the Kindergarten, Main Office wing and walkway canopy. Masonry work will be done there, as well.

Guggenheim will receive a new roof over the Multi-Purpose Room, Gymnasium and walkway canopies.

“As we go forward, we will continue to evaluate all buildings within the district. This will allow for efficient planning of future projects,” said Ristano.

The ADA compliance work is in the final design stages. This work will be publicly bid in the near future.

Additional projects that will be performed this year by the school district include the installation of Smart Boards throughout the elementary schools, a generator system that will allow power to be sustained to both our district wide network and phone system, during an emergency. Both the Technology and Facilities staff are working together on a battery backup system to be installed to support the district server room, as well.

Capital projects which were approved in the 2013-2014 budget are also now in the designing stage. They include the replacement of the district owned primary electric lines that run along Campus Drive. These lines serve Weber, Schreiber and the Administration buildings. These primary lines will be moved underground to help alleviate future electrical outages. Fire alarm systems will also be evaluated for replacement at Schreiber and Weber.