Ceremony to recognize the completion of school district capital projects

PERU - The Peru Central School District will recognize the official completion of its two most recent capital improvement projects.

According to district superintendent A. Paul Scott, a ceremony will be held in the cafeteria of Peru High School, 17 School St., Tuesday, Oct. 13. The ceremony will consist of a dedication of commemorative plaques for "voter-authorized capital project work completed in recent years" to district buildings "now used by students and staff day-to-day." The necessary paperwork to officially close out the projects, Scott explained, was recently completed and submitted to the New York State Education Department.

"The work associated with those projects has already been done. Our main documents associated with the state aid, the financing and all of that is what is now complete," said Scott. "This is the formal close of that entire process from beginning to end."

The capital projects, Scott continued, enabled the school district to provide new and renovated program spaces for district residents. The earlier project work included installing modern natural-gas boilers at each school, enlarging elementary school cafeterias, creating a middle school wing attached to the high school, expanding the library media center for the combined middle-high school facility and constructing a primary school gymnasium. The work also included replacing floors for various intermediate school classrooms and modernizing security systems, among other renovations "to help prolong the usable life of the school buildings."

The Oct. 13 ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m., will also pay tribute to members of the district's board of education who no longer serve, though were part of the district's capital improvement projects at the time, said Scott. The ceremony will be open to residents and voters of the school district.

Those wishing to attend are asked to call the district clerk at 643-6002 ahead of time to reserve a seat.

Following the ceremony, the board of education will meet in the community room for its regular monthly meeting. The commemorative plaques will be mounted in the renovated high school lobby and in the renovated primary school lobby at a later date.

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