Paving Project Nears Completion
by Tom Walogorsky
As summer draws to a close, the Pawling Central School District (PCSD) is hard at work preparing for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The new term will see upgrades to technology and improvements to the district’s infrastructure, which were topics of discussion when the Board of Education convened on July 31.
This year, Pawling schools will see a substantial upgrade to technology district-wide. The improvements are a result of $616,065 in funding provided by the Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA). Created by the New York State Education Department and approved by voters in 2014, the SSBA authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure throughout the state.
With the funding in hand, PCSD will be able to improve school technology in three key areas. The largest investment, $303,746, will be used for equipment, including new projectors, document cameras, speakers, Chromebooks and iPads for students, as well as software licenses. Another large investment, $271,624, will be spent on connectivity, which includes switches, servers, storage networks, and wireless access points. The last major tech expenditure, $40,695, will be spent on security cameras to increase safety within the schools.
The beginning of the new school year will also manifest the completion of the comprehensive paving project that has been ongoing at the middle school and high school throughout the summer. In addition to repaving the roads connecting the two schools, the project includes refinishing Wagner Drive and the access road to the district’s transportation department. The completed project will also result in improved and expanded parking at the campus.
In other business, the Board approved two sports team mergers for the upcoming year. The PCSD and the Dover Union Free School District are seeking to merge the Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse teams, as well as the two schools’ Varsity Ice Hockey programs. These mergers are contingent upon written agreement from the Dover Union Free School.
The Board of Education meeting was attended by representatives from the Pawling Congress of Teachers, who helped finalize the district calendar for the upcoming school year. The calendar is available at www.pawlingschools.org. With improvements to the infrastructure, upgrades to technology, and the possibility of athletic mergers, there is much for students and faculty to be excited about when schools reopen on Tuesday, September 5.