No significant barriers remain for Strough Middle School’s 801 Laurel St. facility to be ready for students to resume using it, school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said Monday of the site’s two-year $25.4 million renovation that is nearly completed.
The opening day of school for the 2018-19 year is Sept. 6.
A fire inspection and certificate of occupancy for the building should be completed ‘’toward the end of next week,” Blake said.
Fire alarm systems have been installed in the building, and testing of the systems has begun, said Blake. He added “the only major hurdle for completion is the new elevator and the connection of the emergency phone within the elevator.”
Blake noted that as of last week, “there were no significant barriers to the building being ready for students.”
Separately in his blog on the school district’s website, Blake also observed Monday that “teacher materials continue to be delivered and placed in classrooms in preparation for teacher access to the building, scheduled for Aug. 22.”
He further commented “the last remaining major install over the coming weeks is the technology infrastructure and hardware.”
Blake also cited the project’s progress in tweets last week on the district’s website. He referred to furniture deliveries, including new teacher desks among the items, plus deliveries of appliances that were being installed. He additionally referred to the “auditorium coming together nicely” regarding its renovation, plus the gym being cleared of items that had been in storage there during the project.
The building-wide renovation had closed the Laurel Street school site for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. Strough students during that time used the former Rome Catholic School building on Cypress Street under a school district lease of that site, plus they used the former Fort Stanwix school building.
Strough students include the school district’s seventh- and eighth-grades.