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New track coming to Prodell Middle School this summer

The dilapidated track at Prodell Middle School in Shoreham recently deemed by the district’s insurance company as “not safe” is scheduled to be replaced before the 2017-18 school year.

The project is included in the $48.5 million capital improvement bond passed by Shoreham-Wading River school district voters in January 2015. District assistant superintendent for finance and operations Glen Arcuri said it isn’t clear how much the new track will cost since the project is currently out to bid.

Other projects expected to begin this summer at the middle school include replacing all windows and some doors, Mr. Arcuri said.

In addition, plans are being drawn up for renovating the library and technology rooms, as well as adding a cafeteria and kitchen.

Construction is also underway at Wading River and Miller Avenue elementary schools, Mr. Arcuri said.

“We’re not doing work inside the buildings yet, but we’re working on the exterior and additions,” he said.

During the April 5 Board of Education meeting, Derek Knatz of Park East Construction gave an update on those projects and said storm water drainage and underground work necessary for the building additions are partially complete at Miller Avenue.

Similarly at Wading River Elementary School, Mr. Knatz said new building additions, heating and storm water drainage are among the projects currently underway. Some of the exterior work is about four to five weeks behind schedule, he added.

Mr. Arcuri said the district is finalizing the Wading River school’s project schedule.

“If the additions, for some reason, were not complete on time, school would still be able to able to operate,” he said.

After this school year ends on June 23, Mr. Arcuri said interior work will begin, including new flooring and ceiling tiles, as well as renovated bathrooms and classrooms.

The district is in the process of choosing the best option to improve the bus loop at the high school and plans to renovate the high school’s fitness center, he added.

Numerous projects at the high school have been completed, including roof repairs, tennis courts, a synthetic turf field and locker replacements.

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Photo: The track at Prodell Middle School in Shoreham. (Credit: Nicole Smith)