A Smithtown construction company that is building a Sept. 11 memorial for the Commack school district has also donated granite and stone foundations for signs for the district’s schools and administration building.
The foundations, which include two columns to hold each sign, are valued at $5,500 to $7,000 each and include a placard noting the donation made by the Gappsi Group. Michael Specchio, one of the owners of Gappsi, said he plans to send workers to put the final touches on the signs sometime this week.
The company is also donating the labor and materials for the district’s Sept. 11 memorial, worth $10,000 to $12,000, Specchio said.
A groundbreaking for that project took place in December, and the dedication ceremony will take place on Sept. 11. Specchio said Gappsi has donated work to nearly 40 schools across Long Island.
“These generous donations are very appreciated, particularly during these difficult fiscal times when there are no funds for ‘extras’ in the school budgets,” Commack Superintendent Donald James said.
Above: Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School Principal Michelle Tancredi and Sawmill students pose with the newly installed stone tower supports for the school sign. (Feb. 17, 2012)