Several projects are well underway at Orange Schools this summer, all part of a capital improvement plan. At its June Board of Education meeting, Superintended Vince Scarpetti told the board that the town of Orange had approved several projects: ethernet wiring in the schools, an additional truck with a snow plow, and a water heater conversion at Peck Place.
In addition, projects are underway at Race Brook and at Turkey Hill School. “They’re starting work on a new parking lot and driveway at Race Brook School,” said Finance Director Mary Jo Sierakowski. The plan calls for tying the area known as the ‘tennis courts’ in with the main lot and entrance and exit reconfigured to allow for better traffic flow and more parking. Work began just after school was let out and is expected to be finished by the start of the new school year.
“The state has approved our ADA project plans at Turkey Hill and the funding for it,” she said. Work began July 2 and will be complete by the start of the next school year. The final plans which include handicapped access to the building, ramps, doorways, bathrooms, playground access. The work will be done by Olympus Construction. The project was in the planning stages for over three years.”
“Also, we’re converting Peck from electric to gas, that’s a pretty significant event going on that is going to bring us cost savings and efficiency,” said Board Member Christian Young.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent