Johnstown district preparing school buildings

JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District this summer is involved in several infrastructure projects, including getting elementary school buildings ready for the district’s 2014-15 conversion to grade-level grouping.

The district Board of Education in March approved a new elementary school grade-level grouping plan starting with the 2014-15 school year. The makeup of the city’s three elementary schools will be this way: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at Pleasant Avenue Elementary School; grades two and three at Glebe Street Elementary School; and grades four, five and six at Warren Street Elementary School.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli, in his report to the board Thursday, said the district this summer has been doing various types of summer work.

Projects have included routine maintenance, as well as dealing with the beginning of the grade-level grouping plan as buildings start to be converted to fit the proper grade use needed two school years from now.

“We’ve been very busy,” DeLilli said.

District maintenance mechanic David Wood told the board the first grade-level grouping project involving Pleasant Avenue Elementary School already is complete. There has been reconstruction and changes in bulletin board placements. He said materials cost $14,000, which was in the district budget for the first phase of work.

“Obviously, there’s other issues in the district that need to be addressed,” Wood said. “We did fall a bit behind in schedule. We are aware of the other things that are going on.”

Wood also reported the district has been getting the former Jansen Avenue Elementary School building ready for a new technology program that will start this fall for high school students. Rooms have been cleaned, painting done and fiberoptics work is pending, he said.

Board member Kathryn Zajicek suggested Jansen’s sign, currently still denoting an elementary school even though it was closed in 2009, be changed.

In other summer buildings and grounds work, Wood told the board the roof for the field house at Knox Field has been completed. He reported the pool is also open at JHS after having been closed for repairs earlier this summer.

DeLilli reported security cameras were installed outside the high school. A couple were installed inside as well.

“We’re looking at [camera installation] at other campuses as well,” the superintendent said.

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