Proactive approach

NORFOLK — Ignore an issue and it will only get worse over time.

That’s why the Norwood-Norfolk Central School District is taking a proactive approach to its facilities.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the game. We want to get our architect on board and be able to begin formulating a plan moving forward,” Superintendent James Cruikshank said.

One of the roles of the district’s architect will be to complete a building condition survey so district officials can see what areas might need to be addressed in a potential capital project.

“We certainly want to have an architect on board helping with the building condition survey,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

He said they were looking for some improvements around the school campus, although nothing was definitive at this point.

“Parking lots again are an issue. So are sidewalks and lighting. It’s a series of little things,” he said.

The district was approved for $13.5 million for its last capital project. But district officials weren’t able to accomplish everything because of the amount of time it took for the state Education Department to approve their project.

“By the time we went out for bid, because of the kind of stall at the state level, a year-and-a-half later items we thought we could afford, we no longer could,” Mr. Cruikshank said.

Among the projects that were shelved in 2016 was a plan to reconfigure the parking lot to separate buses and private vehicles. Their intention had been to address parking lot drainage issues, and the state Education Department had also wanted them to create a buffer between buses and private vehicles. But school board members rejected the bids because the price tag was beyond what they and their construction manager had anticipated in planning the project.

This time around, the state Education Department has contracted projects out for a speedier turnaround time.

Although it’s early in the process, Mr. Cruikshank said they’re planning a potential capital project for 2020.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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