Administration Building Construction Update

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Completion of Home for School District Central Offices Expected for Winter

Construction of the Long Beach Public Schools’ new administration building is underway and making steady progress, with an anticipated winter completion. In June, the district broke ground to replace the structure on Lido Boulevard that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Through FEMA and the New York State Office of Storm Recovery, this project is being fully funded with no impact on taxpayers.

Since the storm, administrators have worked throughout the various school buildings without a centralized location. The new 7,000-square foot modular structure will house the district central offices.

The district was able to keep the costs of the new building below replacement value thanks to a special “capped” FEMA program for municipalities, which resulted in savings that will finance enhancements to a second storm recovery project. This means that some of the funding for this project will also cover renovations to a flood-damaged middle school wing. Classrooms that were damaged during Sandy will be rebuilt as science labs to enhance the focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

“After approximately three years without an administration building, we are excited and grateful to see this project come to fruition,” said Superintendent of Schools David Weiss. “Our Board of Education and administration – particularly the business office – worked tirelessly to determine the best course of action to take with regard to the new structure. We are pleased to have developed a plan that carries no cost to taxpayers and actually funds other renovations that will directly benefit our students.”