Phases 1, 2 near completion in SCCSD capital project

The Salamanca school district’s capital project work continues at Veterans Memorial Park, which is expected to be mostly completed by April 2021.

SALAMANCA — After nearly three-and-a-half years since the public approved them, the first two phases of the Salamanca City Central School District’s ongoing capital project are expected to be complete within the month.

Representatives from Turner Construction presented to the Board of Education on Nov. 17 concerning the capital project by giving closeout updates on Phases 1, 2 and 3.1.

Julian Schnopp, from Turner, said Phase 1, which included work at the high school and Seneca Intermediate School, is 99% complete with only three open items. Rich Hopcia, from Turner, noted Phase 2, which includes work at Prospect Elementary School, is 96% complete with 43 open items.

It is projected that Phase 1 will be complete by Dec. 31 and Phase 2 will be complete the first of the year. Schnopp also said Phase 3.1, which concerns additional work at the high school and Seneca Intermediate roof and the parking lot, is complete.

Project manager Michelle Miller reviewed the open changes. Phase 1 has 16 open changes and 15 of them were out for signature, Phase 2 has one open change and 29 out for signature and Phase 3.1 has five open changes and four out for signature.

Schopp then gave an update on Phase 3.2, which is the work at Veterans Memorial Park. He noted the baseball team waffle painted floors are done and items are being stored in there and the pressbox lighting fixtures are being installed.

Schopp also reviewed the work done on the grandstand and bleachers. The baseball and box lacrosse bleachers are installed and the pressbox is waiting on windows, which are projected to be delivered around Dec. 15.

The multi-purpose field team rooms were then reported on, which the floors, bathroom floors and fixtures, light fixtures, canopy are done.

Site work for the landscaping and the concrete is also done, Schopp said. The walking trail has site lights in, the batting cage is installed and the school crew has been trained on taking it down and putting it back up. Completion for a majority of the Vets Park work is April 2021.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, Native American program coordinator Michala Redeye presented on the recent National Indian Education Association Conference.

Redeye attended the conference virtually along with Seneca language teachers Rachael Wolfe and Andrea Cooke, family support worker Carrie Fidurko and home school coordinators Brittney Jimerson and Stephanie Vogel.

Redeye said they all attended different sessions at the conference in order to get the most out of it. She said this is one of the largest conferences on Indian Education.

This year's theme was “Achieving Educational Equity Through Classroom, School and Community Transformation.” Redeye said they hope to present live next year in Omaha, Neb.

Redeye reviewed her experiences at the conference shared some of the experiences of the other attendees from Salamanca as well.

Redeye said the sessions she has attended over the years have been used in both her job and her personal life. They would like to work on bringing the presenters to the staff, she added.

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