The Shoreham-Wading River school board approved colors for new tennis courts at Tuesday’s meeting and addressed concerns about current construction at Miller Avenue Elementary School.
During the meeting, members agreed on blue for inside the lines on the courts and green for the area outside the court itself.
The school board formed a bond committee in April 2014, shortly after the district’s crumbling tennis courts were deemed hazardous and shut down. In January, voters approved a $48.5 million construction project to upgrade facilities across the district.
As for construction at Miller Avenue, several residents expressed concern Tuesday about the removal of trees that serve as a buffer between the school and residential properties along its eastern border.
Kenneth Schupner, the architect behind the plans, gave a presentation Tuesday and assured residents that the project would have “no impact to the existing easterly natural buffer.”
Newly elected school board president John Zukowski added, “There is a general consensus among everyone in the room that more trees are better than fewer.”
Most residents who spoke Tuesday that while they’re pleased with those assurances, they believe there’s a lack of communication between the district and the community over the projects.
“The overall theme here is that the community that’s footing this bill is telling you they would like more notification in a different manner,” resident Keith Harris said during the meeting. “It needs to be met in some other way.”
Board members countered that the bond program is part of an ongoing discussion at every meeting. While they will explore ways to better inform the public, they said conducting a mass mailing of informative letters would cost $14,000.
[Caption: The Shoreham-Wading River High School tennis courts will soon be replaced. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)]