Tech upgrades top list of schools’ needs

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Mignella also took the board outside to discuss plans to reconfigure Memorial’s main parking lot. The changes to the lot would make it safer when parents drop off and pick up their children, Mignella explained, because cars would be able to go only one way after entering the lot from Hendrickson Avenue.

The lot renovation has an estimated price of $300,000, and would be financed using the district’s capital reserve fund, as would the additional computer labs and a district-wide replacement of classroom television monitors. The TVs in many classrooms are no longer compatible with much of the new technology now used for instruction.

Administrators at both North and South asked the board to consider adding an LCD projector in the schools’ cafeterias, which double as auditoriums. Odell also proposed replacing North’s football goal posts. The current goal posts can double as soccer goals, which encourage people without permits to use the field and tear it up.

Pompilio showed the board members a section of the teachers’ parking lot that floods during heavy rainstorms, and proposed upgrading the drainage system and making some minor blacktop repairs.

The tour concluded at Memorial, where the board also got a look at the school’s gymnasium. Since Memorial does not have a traditional auditorium, assemblies are held in the gym. Its large windows, and the sunlight they allow in, make it difficult to show videos or other visual presentations. Mignella proposed adding shades to the windows to block the sunlight during assemblies.

The board will continue to discuss the various project proposals over the coming months before the public ultimately decides on them in the school budget vote, scheduled for May 21.

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