BOE Members Jen Wilson, John Diefenderfer, President Jeff Masline, Joe Pustay, VP Bill Nevins, Superintendent Maureen Long, and in the background Mayor Meg Grenier and County Executive Dan McCoy. Photo submitted
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MENANDS — The school district on Tuesday, Oct. 30, broke ground on a $8.2 million capital improvement project that will add some 9,290 square feet of classroom space.
“As most of us know, Menands is an incredibly unique and special school and community,” said Superintendent Maureen Long. “It is because of the support and vision of this community that we have arrived at this moment. A moment that will, for years to come, positively impact the lives of the children of Menands.”
At the front of the building, a small addition will make room for another K through second grade classroom. At the rear of the building, a two-story classroom wing addition will house five new middle school classrooms and a third addition will expand the school’s cafeteria.
Some 22,000-square-foot of the school’s interior are slated for renovation to improve general purpose classrooms and specialized classrooms, such as science laboratories, art, and music classrooms.
The existing main entrance will be re-purposed for a dedicated district office with an adjacent community room to accommodate needs such as voting and group meetings.
A new main school entrance for students and visitors will be constructed adjacent to the new main office, centralized in the building. Both entrances will be designed with secure vestibules.
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be upgraded and will include a new full-building sprinkler system. Facility improvements will also include site work and roofing work.
The project’s completion date is set June 2020.