continued “All construction people we have seen around the school this summer will be completely gone by the time the students get back,” Brimstein said. “There was a lot of damage from Irene that we were able to fix, like the flooding damage to the south end of the elementary school and we decided to create a drainage system to pull water away from the school instead of letting it leak into our basement.”
During construction the elementary school which was combined to be a kindergarten through sixth grade facility combined the two elementary offices into one.
“Parents will still be greeted at the offices they always have been,” Brimstein said. “The staff members will go to the old offices in the morning and afternoon when kids are being picked up and dropped off and return to the new office across from the gymnasium to conduct their work.”
As things begin to change, Brimstein said they are asking for parents’ comments, concerns and ideas for creating the best entryway through the school.
“In order to make the community feel a part of the system we’ll have meetings,” said Brimstein.
The number of students attending Chazy will be similar to last year with just under 2,000 starting school.
At Plattsburgh City Schools, Superintendent James “Jake” Short said they are ready for the new school year and though there are some new faces in administration, they are familiar faces.
Stafford Middle School will have a new Assistant Principal, Jamie LaBarge, former Plattsburgh City High School Assistant Principal. LaBarge will fill the position left behind by Patty Amo who retired at the end of the last school year.
“We are confident he is ready for this position, in his tenure at PHS, he has been very reliable and he understands the district,” Short said. “A lot of factors show his character, his efforts as an EMT and his former teaching career at Northern Adirondack all show his readiness for this position.”