District 13 schools on display for board, public
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New blacktop for the handball court at Howell has already been funded and the plans now await approval from the New York State Education Department. The district is also looking to replace the blacktop on the basketball court for $75,000.
At Wheeler Avenue School, the oldest building in the district, the board will consider replacing the carpet and repainting the walls in the main office, in addition to repainting the main hallway. First-year Principal Dr. Gayle Steele led the board into the auditorium where two additional windows will be installed. The district is also seeking $39,600 to replace the gymnasium exit doors.
Upon exiting the doors that are proposed to be replaced, the board got a look at the vast sea of blacktop that is slated to be replaced next year and is already funded.
The last stop on the tour was James A. Dever School where Principal Darren Gruen showed board members the gymnasium that is under consideration to get repainted and also some exterior doors that could be replaced.
Gruen brought the board to the library where shades were recently installed to keep out sunlight. Gruen said before the shades were put in, the room would get incredibly hot and make it difficult for students to concentrate.