Posted december 21, 2016
Forest Park Elementary School Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking For New Library Building
A group of third graders joined South Colonie School officials, contractors and members of the Board of Education today for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Forest Park Elementary School library.
The new library is part of Colonie 2020, a district-wide $13.8 million capital improvement project initiative approved by voters back in October, 2014. Library construction is expected to begin later this month. The district hopes to have the foundation in place over the winter, and outdoor construction to continue into the spring of 2017.
Last August, demolition crews tore down the former South Colonie Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) offices at the rear of the building in preparation for the library construction. The old "trailer-style" office units and classrooms, which were in disrepair and outlived their usefulness, had been vacant since January, 2016 when the PPS offices were moved to Lisha Kill Middle School.
Also last summer as part of the capital project, asbestos abatement and replacement of ceilings was completed at Forest Park and Veeder elementary schools, wireless Wi-Fi Internet was installed at all eight schools, along with other technology upgrades such as Voice-Over Internet Phone systems and improved building inter-communication systems.
Work will shift to Colonie Central High School later this school year as renovations are planned for the Art, Music and Technology wings, and the heating system will be converted from steam to hot water heat.
A new library will also be constructed at Roessleville Elementary School with that work scheduled to begin during the summer of 2017.
Colonie 2020 is a multi-phase capital initiative designed to maintain and improve school facilities, provide critical technology improvements/access for students, address health and safety issues and improve energy efficiency.