Bond work to crank up once school is out for summer

DRYDEN — School district voters passed a bond issue in May of last year for nearly $11 million, clearing the way for improvements at both the elementary and high school buildings.

Supt. Mary Flannigan said the district has specific plans for both the elementary and high school, with the bulk of the work to be done at the elementary, the district’s oldest buildings of the two.

Since voters gave their approval in June of 2023, bonds have been sold and a construction manager was hired in July, to assist the district with implementation of their plan.

All new Chromebooks were purchased for elementary staff and students and RFPs (request for proposal) were sought for roof, cooling and boiler work at both school buildings.

“Aside from purchasing technology and classroom furniture early on in the process, the big work starts this summer,” Flannigan said. “We will be replacing the roofs at both buildings and replacing the HVAC units. The boiler work will be starting in a few weeks and the roof project will start as soon as school gets out.”

Perhaps the best news for students and staff, according to Flannigan, is, “We will have air conditioning when school starts in the fall.”

Monday evening, the board was expected to approve the electronic signage for the front of both buildings.

School officials recently updated district taxpayers on the progress of the work to be done, reporting in the district’s Red-n-Black newsletter several items have been checked off their list.

Like many school districts throughout the state, Dryden officials continue to work with experts on district-wide security and safety.

Courtesy of the 2023 bond, the district is looking to make updated improvements to all district buildings to make the campus more secure.

There is a lengthy list of items still to check off their list for work to be done.

At the high school, the addition of athletic parking behind the high school, an upgrade to the building’s HVAC system the addition of air conditioning and the replacement of a domestic water system fill the to-do list.

The replacement of boilers, creating an early college area and the upgrading of technology are also on the list of work to be done.

Meanwhile, the elementary school will see the bulk of the bond work done over much of this summer, including the replacement of the roof.

Other improvements include: safety and security upgrades, replace the Early Childhood parking lot as well as the replacement of concrete steps and railings.

Other items improved by voters were an upgrade to the HVAC system, adding air conditioning, replacing windows and boilers and the restoration of the gym north wall.

Foundation improvements, storage solutions, upgraded technology, replacement of carpet in the library and enlarging second floor classrooms are also on the list.

Much of the work, according to Flannigan, is expected to be underway once school is dismissed for the summer break.