‘Beehive of activity’ at SWR schools this summer

08/27/2014 1:00 PM |

It’s been a busy summer for workers in the Shoreham-Wading River school district, superintendent Steven Cohen said at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

With the district implementing a new plan to reorganize the area’s schools by grade, several changes — and even some upgrades — have been made to district buildings. 

“It’s just been a beehive of activity,” he said. “Everyone has worked magnificently.”

In the high school, pot holes have been repaired, outside patios have been completed and the furniture and wiring for the school’s journalism classes will soon be complete.

At the middle school, new lunch tables are set to arrive this week and one of the classrooms got new flooring.

At the new Miller Avenue Elementary School, smartboards have been installed, an old computer lab has been converted to a classroom and a new art room has been created.

Mr. Cohen said Wading River Elementary School also got new smartboards, as well as a new psychologists office, music storage space, two math labs, and computer labs added to the library.

• The Shoreham-Wading River district-wide technology upgrade will be completed in time for the start of school, Mr. Cohen said.

The upgrades came as part of a $1.6 million referendum on athletic facility upkeep and technology approved by voters in 2012. The district’s schools have been outfitted with new computers as well as WiFi Internet throughout the buildings, Mr. Cohen said.

The Shoreham-Wading River district also has 200 “virtual” computers that can be used remotely by students or teachers and feature a variety of software licenses to help teachers make lesson plans or explore new skills with their students, he added.

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