School To Resume Amid Construction Work


With just a few weeks to go before school resumes, contractors working on the $19 million expansion at Kennedy Elementary School are on schedule even though school officials say all the work won't be finished by the time classes start.

"We're going to have to be flexible. We may have to make some last-minute adjustments in classrooms the week before school opens," said Ogdensburg City School District Superintendent Timothy Vernsey.

The ongoing work zones will be cordoned off so as not to be disruptive or interfere with returning students and classes.
Construction crews are working overtime and on weekends on the addition that will house 16 new classrooms.

The space will accommodate nearly 100 new students being relocated there from the now closed Sherman School and those who will transfer when Lincoln Elementary closes next year.

School officials say while a new kitchen will be operational at Kennedy Elementary, a new cafeteria and a new gymnasium won't be finished in time for the start of school.

Arrangements are in place to use existing cafeteria and gym space once school opens.
In addition to new classrooms, there will also be new technology upgrades and new boilers among other improvements.

The ongoing work is part of nearly $57 million in construction in the Ogdensburg City School District over the next three years.
"This campus, both the elementary schools and the OFA complex, are going to be a showcase when this is over in two and a half to three years," said Vernsey.
Work on the expanded Kennedy School should be finished by mid to late December.

Monday, December 5, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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