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Capital building project nears completion, manager tells board

The start of the new school year for the Depew School District was "quiet and smooth," despite the ongoing capital building project, Superintendent Kim Mueller told the Board of Education Tuesday.

In its shortest business meeting -- a half hour -- in several months, the board got an update on the project from Greg Baker of LP Ciminelli, project managers.

Some of the work still to be completed includes installation of new doors on the bus garage, which should start next week and be done within two to three weeks.

Installation of exterior LED lighting on the high school and middle school and Cayuga Heights Elementary should be done by the end of this month.

Within two weeks, new exterior doors should be installed on Terrace Education Building, which houses administrative offices.

Roofing should be completed by Sept. 25. New stage curtains and lighting rigging in the high school auditorium will be done in October.

Work on the track around the athletic field should be completed if there are "13 more rain-free days," Baker said.

Mueller praised John Wilson, buildings and grounds superintendent, "and his crew who all did a phenomenal job" handling a "great workload during the summer months" along with the teaching staff "who prepared well for the beginning of school."

She said the positive reaction from the district's students to renovated and improved classrooms and labs, library and media spaces "has been heartwarming."

Board member John Spencer said he has heard many favorable comments, including from guest teams, about the new lighting and sound system at the Wildcat football games.

In answer to questions from board member Diane Benczkow-ski and parent Gabrielle Miller, Mueller said that the state Education Department's "protocol" on handling the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, has been sent to all the school nurses.

She said the district has ordered "additional hand sanitizer" for its three schools, but the product is on back order and the price has gone up.

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