April 22, 2019

Showcasing Central School improvements

Ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Monday night

As things return to a new, improved normal at Williston Central School after 15 months of renovations, school administrators are excited to showcase how the voter-approved, $20 million upgrade has turned out.

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 6:30- 8 p.m. Monday at the school. The event will be a chance for parents and students to tour the building and hear from project designers about the improvements. Williston Lead Principal Greg Marino said he is also excited about showing off the upgrades to community members not directly affiliated with the school, who helped approve the bond at Town Meeting Day in 2016.

“We really view it as a celebration of the community’s investment in the school,” Marino said. “The school is a community asset. The voters made a statement by approving the $19.8 million bond, and we want to show them and celebrate what they paid for.”

The renovation included large-scale system overhauls — in heating and ventilation, plumbing and electrical — and replacements of flooring, roofing and windows, among other things. Last school year, it required a musical chairs approach to classroom space with classes being uprooted on a rotating basis to allow for improvements.

Construction began in the spring of 2017.

— Jason Starr

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