Penn Yan School Board gets tour of additions

Gwen Chamberlain
The courtyard is now enclosed at the Academy. The new media center is located on the first floor of the wing at the right and classrooms are located on the second floor. The east wing, on the left, will be renovated later this year.

Members of the Penn Yan School Board took a brief tour of the construction areas at Penn Yan Academy on June 22, getting a closer look at the work that’s complete in the new media wing on the Court Street side of the building and the new gymnasium being added to the north side of the building.

Teachers and staff also toured the building on Friday, June 26.

Crossing the now enclosed courtyard to get to the library and media area, the board members got a closer look at the new gray exterior finishes that will be on the addition’s facade and will be used to update other areas.

Inside the wide-open media space,  there are two levels of study and research space available. In addition the the study carrels, there will be tables, chairs and soft seating, said Superintendent Ann Orman.

A portion of the media center is open to the second floor, and windows from the second floor hallway offer a view of the library/media center.

The computer lab will be found at the west end of the media wing.

On the second floor, finishing touches are being wrapped up in classrooms.

The entire new media wing will be open for students and teachers to use at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.

The east side of the west wing, which was the library and computer lab has been demolished, and work began on the renovations that wing this week. New classrooms in that wing will be complete by the opening of the new school year.

The gymnasium is being prepared for the delivery of the hardwood for the gym floor. Installation will begin later this summer, after the gymnasium is completely enclosed and the air conditioning is running. The gymnasium wing is scheduled to be turned over to the school in early December, according to Jim Higgins, of LeChase Construction.

Crews are set to begin work on the east wing in late July or early August. That wing is scheduled to be complete in December.

Before taking the walk-through tour, the board unanimously agreed to accept a bid for replacing the roof on the original section of the Academy. Two bids were received, and both were well below the projected cost, which means the school district will borrow less money for the overall project, explained Board President Jeff Morehouse.

The new media center, with windows looking out toward Court Street, stretches along the length of the addition that spans the area between the east and west wings.