The Board of Education reconvened Tuesday night for the first time since Superstorm Sandy.
With two storms in two weeks, the Garden City Public School District
encountered its share of setbacks but Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Robert Feirsen said the district is on its way to recovery.
of Education reconvened Tuesday night for the first time since
Superstorm Sandy. Representatives from ConEdison and TG Nickel
addressed the community regarding the district's condition just two
ConEdison senior project manager Mark Litwinko spoke
on the damage Sandy left throughout the district and how it impacted
the ongoing energy performance project.
"I'm happy to say we
incurred no damages to any electronic systems on the boilers throughout
the whole district," Litwinko said. "We're still assessing a little bit
of the Hemlock School right now. All systems are running, though, so all
schools will have heat."
Of the project's progress, Litwinko added, "The ceiling and insulation work
throughout the district is all complete. The solar work will be starting this week. We held it off
because of the storm. All equipment will start arriving on the high
school and middle school roofs this week and next week."
news, Dr. Feirsen shared his concerns regarding the storm. Without power and any
means of communication, the students of Garden City missed several full
days of school. Feirsen said he is waiting to hear from New York State
on exactly how to handle the absences districtwide.
have lost at least seven school days," Feirsen said. "That's a
significant amount of time. We're required by New York State, in order to
qualify for state aid, to have 180 days of school.
like our board and community to understand it's very possible that the
winter recess, for example, could be shortened or abbreviated to some
extent or maybe disappear," he added. "Students in AP classes for
example, those tests are given in early May nationally. They're going to
be given whether we had a storm or not. We can't change that."
Feirsen said he is hoping to hear from state officials in the near future.
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