The Westhampton Beach Board of Education on Monday night unanimously approved spending more than $32,000 to repair the roofs on all three of the district’s schools after they were damaged by strong winds during Hurricane Sandy in late October.
Schools Superintendent Michael Radday explained that while all three schools sustained minor damage, the roof of the middle school made out the worst during the storm. He said the shingles near the old cafeteria need to be replaced.
To fix the shingles and fascias on all three schools, the district has retained the services of ABN 1 Maintenance Corps. of Center Moriches at a total cost of $32,245.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Radday said the district expects the repairs will be covered by the district’s insurance policy. He noted that the work is expected to take less than a week to complete, and is scheduled to take place during winter recess, which runs from Monday, February 18, through Friday, February 22.
Also on Monday evening, board members listened to presentations from three middle school students—Hanna Mancuso, Eleanor Kast and Luke Lampasona—who explained recent changes in the common core standards for English Language Arts classes that are being implemented at the middle school level.
During the 45-minute presentation, the students explained that there have been six major shifts in the ELA curriculum, changes that are designed to help students break down complex reading materials and improve their understanding of the English language. The changes include balancing information and literacy text, building knowledge in the disciplines and improving academic vocabulary.