NEW BERLIN – The Unadilla Valley Central School District met this week at the New Berlin Fire Hall to take a proactive stance and address the long-term maintenance of the district’s building and grounds.
District leaders planned six meetings – the first of which was held Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the New Berlin Fire Hall – for the winter and spring, and more in the fall in anticipation of a future building project.
The UV Board of Education charged a 20-member community advisory committee – comprised of UV staff, board and community members – to develop a plan for repair, renovation, alteration, expansion and ongoing maintenance of the district’s buildings and grounds. The current school building opened more in 2002, when the South New Berlin and New Berlin Central school districts combined.
“We want the community to help determine what we need to do and have a dialogue so we can continue to provide the best learning environment for our students,” said Superintendent Robert Mackey.
“We want to start planning this now because the longer you put off maintenance, the more expensive it becomes. It’s more cost effective to do smaller, more focused projects more often. We have to look at what the needs are and how we spread them out over time.”