New security systems at both Cooperstown schools, construction on Walnut Street and ending the gap elimination were top agenda items at the CCS Board of Education meeting on March 20.
It was a calm, quiet meeting unlike the past two where the district nickname overwhelmed all normal business. Only six spectators attended the meeting, a big reduction from the 100-plus at the February meeting and the 30-plus at the special meeting earlier in the month where the board voted to retire the name Redskins.
The new security systems are on the front doors to both the elementary and middle/high schools. They were paid for by donations to the school system. The system at the middle/high school is working and the elementary system should be working within a couple of weeks.
“The doorway work is complete and in both buildings the buzz-in system is complete,” Superintendent C.J. Hebert said. “We are still waiting for some hardware for the elementary school building.”
Construction on Walnut Street was scheduled to begin on March 25 and is scheduled to take two to three months. Originally the work had been set for last fall; however, Hebert said, the school system asked the village to delay the work so that it did not coincide with the start of the school year.
The work is being done on the water and sewer lines as well as the street surface. The initial phase of the construction will not affect Linden Avenue or the middle/high school, but it will affect the elementary school, according to school officials. It will take place on Walnut from Delaware to Linden. Traffic will be limited to local residents, school buses and school personnel.
Hebert said the village might allow one-way traffic during peak school traffic hours. However, both he and village officials are encouraging parents to plan for a change in school routines. Students who can ride a bus are encouraged to do so. School officials are suggesting the corner of Delaware and Walnut as a logical drop-off spot. Traffic should be able to make a left onto Walnut from Delaware; a right turn will not be possible during the early phase of construction.