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South Seneca Schools to celebrate new facilities

The South Seneca Central School District has a lot to be proud of these days, including newly renovated facilities. The district will celebrate their new facilities and say “thank you” to the community for their support on Monday, May 23 with a variety of activities from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at both the Ovid and Interlaken campuses. District officials and guests will cut a ceremonial ribbon at 6:00 p.m. at the main lobby at the Ovid school. Tour guides will be available at both school campuses throughout the event to show visitors the new facilities, and to demonstrate some of the new features and technology made possible by this project. Historical display boards and a power point presentation will show before, during and after photos.There will be free ice cream at both schools, served by the well-known Cayuga Lake Creamery from Interlaken.The event is in celebration of the completion of the district’s $28-million, district-wide renovation project, which includes improved safety and security at the high school, middle school, elementary school, and bus garage facilities. Renovations include safety and security upgrades such as access control and improved line-of-sight between administrative offices and main entrances.A new gymnasium addition allowed the former gym to become an auditorium, which in turn became music instruction space for choral and instrumental groups. Two libraries were combined at the elementary school, making space available for large-group instruction. Also at the elementary school, art and music rooms were upgraded, and locker rooms were improved with new lockers and finishes. All locations received new security access at entrances, and accessibility was improved for sidewalks and entrances by adding curb-cuts and enlarged doorways. Improved mechanical and electrical systems at all locations, along with energy-efficient windows, increase energy efficiency throughout the district.Renovations to the bus garage include an improved lift, new fuel island, bus wash bay, and improved access control.“Our community came together and supported these excellent facilities for our kids, and that is cause for celebration,” says district school Superintendent Janie Nusser. “We plan to take this opportunity to thank our board, consultants and contractors, and most of all, the people in our district who made this possible.”

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