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Mamaroneck Schools Make Emergency Repairs

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The giant black curtain draped over the front of Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School draws a lot of attention from those driving by, as did the water damage to the building from the Mamaroneck Board of Education.

"There was water infiltration behind the brick veneer that was causing the wood around the windows to rot," said Debbie Manetta, spokesperson for the Mamaroneck school district. "There was a risk of the windows actually falling out in high wind."

The Board of Education declared the necessary repairs an emergency and contracted Fourmen Construction Inc., based in Peekskill, to begin work in early July. Their crew has been replacing the brick veneers and windows since and are expected to finish before the beginning of the school year, said a foreman from the privately-owned construction company.

The funding for the work came from the 2010-2011 school budget.

"This was emergency work that needed to be done and it was not part of the $2.3 million that was set aside for the Hommocks parking lot and fire alarm upgrades," Manetta said.

The $2.3 million was a one-time surplus transferred to capitol for emergency repairs, such as the Hommocks parking lot and replacement of fire alarms in the Hommocks, Murray Avenue and Mamaroneck Avenue elementary schools.

District-wide building upgrades and renovations have been ongoing since last summer. Fire alarm upgrades, sidewalk and curb repair, duct, ceiling and lighting installation are all currently in progress at various schools. As of July 1, the district had committed $20,557,035 of the $22,064,955 construction bond.

Check back for further updates as the new school year approaches.

What other repairs do you think are needed in the schools? Comment below.

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