After a long hot summer, Orange Schools met students with a little extra sparkle and shine on August 29, the first day of school. Schools’ Director of Facilities Mike Luzzi said, “We did a lot of projects this summer!” Projects included repairs to the parking lot at Race Brook School and refinishing of the gym floors at Race Brook and Turkey Hill.
“We sanded it down to the natural wood, painted all new lines and put ‘Race Brook School’ on the floor and did the same at Turkey Hill,” Director of Facilities Mike Luzzi said. “The front of Race Brook’s parking lot and sidewalks were deteriorating and there was no curb, which allowed cars and buses to pull onto the grass. We also wrapped Race Brook’s basketball hoop poles in a protective covering. New ballards were also installed around the United Illuminating box at Race Brook School.
“We were able to ascertain 20 brand new two-way radios, five for each school. This will enhance our lockdown process, since these radios are capable of locking the school down,” Luzzi explained. The district also purchased six back-up cameras for any instance that a camera is inoperable.
“The LED lighting upgrade at MLT, Turkey Hill, and Race Brook is completed. I had a walkthrough a couple of weeks ago with a rep from the company and UI and there is a short punch list that needs to be completed before we can sign off on that project,” Luzzi said. An audit is being performed on Peck Place School before upgrading the lighting at that school.
“As you’re all aware, it’s been a hot summer! I want to commend all of my staff—my custodians, my maintenance worker—who have worked through the heat this summer. It was a lot of work under extreme conditions,” Luzzi said.
At press time, the schools were preparing to energize new solar energy panels that were installed on roofs at all three elementary schools. Interactive devices inside each school will let students see how much energy is being generated and used.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent