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No bleachers at GC high school? No worries

Construction crews have torn down bleachers at the

Construction crews have torn down bleachers at the Garden City High School athletic field to make way for a new set. (Nov. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Garden City residents may have seen construction crews in the past two days tearing down the athletic field’s bleachers.

Not to worry, says Garden City School District Assistant Superintendent of Business, Al Chase.

The bleachers are being replaced with new set that is American Disabilites Act-compliant.

In fact, Chase said the bleachers are just one of many changes the school district will see over the course of the next two years thanks to a $35.5 million bond approved in October 2009. Money from the bond will fund the construction of a new gymnasium at the district’s middle school, the conversion of another gym into classrooms and a new music wing at the high school.

Chase said the bond will also provide a new library and classroom space to the Homestead Elementary School as well as other, smaller upgrades to the district.

Separately, Garden City has a $13 million energy efficiency contract with Con Edison Solutions, a subsidiary of the New York City utility company, to bring new boilers, windows, lighting, energy controls and temperature controls to the district’s various buildings. Chase said the project will pay for itself in energy savings over 18 years.

“It’s an important thing to us,” he said.

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