Throughout the Sachem Central School District this summer, various projects have been taking place to improve the infrastructure of our buildings and enhance the safety and security of our students, staff and faculty members.
At all 15 of our instructional buildings and the District Office, two-layer security vestibules and an electronic visitor management system are being installed to bolster the security of our buildings. Upon arriving at our schools, visitors will be asked for the purpose of their visit using an external speaker system and, if approved, will be permitted access to the internal vestibule. All will be required to provide the building’s security staff with photo identification, which will be scanned against various internal and external safety databases using the visitor management system. Once fully vetted, the visitor will be authorized to enter the building and proceed to the approved location.
In several of our buildings, including Cayuga, Chippewa, Hiawatha, Merrimac, Nokomis, Tamarac, Wenonah, High School East and High School North, the security vestibules are being built within the existing footprint of the building, with the current entrance lobby serving as the vestibule. Sagamore, Samoset, Seneca and Waverly require buildouts to accommodate the vestibules. Lynwood and Grundy require only minor buildouts to provide the space necessary for the vestibule construction.
In addition, the district is completing a partial roof replacement at Waverly Elementary School, replacing the pool pump, filter and chlorination system at High School North, installing a fiberglass gas tank and a partial parking lot replacement at the district transportation yard, refinishing the stage at all of our elementary buildings and conducting miscellaneous asphalt work at various locations.