New Facilities Committee Gets Started

The first meeting of the new Facilities Committee took place last week. The group will be collaborating with architect Roger Smith of BBS Architects on an investigation of plans to upgrade the aging and overcrowded Springs School. At this first meeting, the group reviewed and analyzed the recommendations of Mr. Smith’s firm. These recommendations aim to address instructional space and infrastructure deficiencies as outlined in accordance with the district’s state-mandated five-year building conditions survey and the reports of district staff. According to the architect, Springs School is currently at "101% occupancy," whereas the New York State Education Department recommends no more than an 85% rate of occupancy. "We need to think short-term, mid-term, and long-term," said Mr. Smith.

“The architects have outlined a substantial amount of work for the school, and as a Board of Education, we felt it was important to involve our community in shaping whatever plan may come forward,” said Board of Education President Liz Mendelman. “This process needs to be open and inclusive so that everyone can appreciate that the only driving force at work is the good of the school and community."

The committee is made up of thirteen members, six of whom are school administrators and teachers, including Principal Eric Casale, Chief Business Officer Tom Primiano, teachers John Gibbons, Jodie Hallman and Colleen McGowan, and Library Aide Linda Kernell. The remaining seven members are Board of Education trustee Jeffrey Miller, community members without children in the school: Susan Harder, Carol Campolo and Pamela Bicket, and three community members who are parents of current students: Scott Faulkner, Susan Gentile Hackett, and Dave Conlon.

“These committee members will tour the building, read the reports, ask questions, and help us understand what to ultimately bring to the Board of Education as best meeting the aspirations of the community,” said Mr. Smith. “We will be talking about the big picture items, like how to address current space deficiency and inadequacy, down to the more basic infrastructure items like the needs of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and other systems.” The first walk-through tour of the school is scheduled for next week.

The next meeting will be held on June 17th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and members of the public are invited to witness the work of the group as it collaborates with architect Roger Smith of BBS Architects, though not actively participate. Please click below to view proposed site plan diagrams, floor plan presentations, and other proposed improvements.