District 30 unveils past, future upgrades
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New doors were installed at all three schools. Abbate noted that the doors at Clear Stream Avenue School have a wood grain to resemble those from when it was built in 1923. Board members also got a look at some repainting that was done there in the downstairs computer lab and library.
Abbate showed the new playground blacktop at Shaw Avenue School. For the future, he said he wants to replace the pavement at Clear Stream Avenue, which has been patched several times.
Some other upcoming projects that have already been approved include a replacement of the communications system throughout the district, new water filtration tanks at Forest Road School and a new electrical distribution system at Clear Stream. Lisa Rutkoske, the assistant superintendent for business, said there is no main shut off switch at Clear Stream, which means in order to turn off power there to do electrical work, the district has to call LIPA.
Abbate said he plans to have the carpet removed in the Shaw Avenue library, which is ripping and bubbling in some places. It would be replaced with carpet tiles. “That way, when there is a problem, we can take up a square,” he said. “It will be a time saver and a money saver.”
He also said the back fence needs to be replaced there, which was leaning into the backyards of neighboring properties during Hurricane Sandy.
In May, voters will likely again be asked to approved spending money from the Capital Reserve Fund for projects that would take place in the summer of 2014. Forest Road would see the bulk of the work. The board will consider replacing the heating and ventilation units there at a cost of about $600,000, as well as ceiling tiles and lights for about $550,000. Energy efficient lighting would be installed.
“Most of our efforts are toward health and safety,” Abbate said, “and toward energy conservation.”