Kendall officials gush over school building improvements

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 17 September 2015 at 12:00 am

Kendall Central School’s Twitter page – Kendall Central School posted this photo on Twitter, showing a view from the commons back to the new cafeteria.

KENDALL – Kendall School District officials and Board of Education members say changes in both the Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools due to the ongoing Capital Improvement Project have boosted spirits and infused a positive energy into both students and teachers during the first week of the school year.

“The beauty of the building is just stunning,” Elementary School Principal Sharon Smith told Board of Education members on Wednesday during the BOE meeting. “Everybody who walks in is just stunned. There is a positive attitude amongst the kids, they were in awe.”

The Elementary School was not part of a community open house held just before the beginning of this school year, meaning those students got their first look at changes and improvements when the school year began. “The students have noticed,” Smith said.

The district says the new cafeteria is “a great place to eat. Sunny and inviting!”

Board President Nadine Hanlon thanked administrators and district officials for their work overseeing Phase One of the project, which is being completed.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank everybody,” Hanlon said. “It is just beautiful. I felt like my own house was being built.”

Board Vice President Chris Gerken said the project has been a source of pride for everyone in Kendall.

“The project affects the whole community,” he said, “It is nice that it is for the whole district.”

District Student Services Coordinator Nick Picardo, who works in both the Jr./Sr. High School and the Elementary School, said the results of the project have been “breath-taking.”

“I can’t even put it into words,” he said. “I commend the Board of Education. Kendall is a way better place today than it was in June. The buildings are something to brag about.”