HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison school year is off to one of its most successful starts, and the board of education is grateful for the numerous improvements throughout the district.
“It seems to be that we are starting off in a very positive light,” said Board President Dennis DiLorenzo during Wednesday night’s board meeting. “Certainly all the kids seem very excited.”
The six schools within Harrison and West Harrison opened Sept. 4, and Superintendent Louis Wool commended the custodians for having the buildings in pristine condition. He remarked that at the tenure celebration Tuesday night, many people came up to him to say how beautiful the high school looked.
“One of the best we’ve ever experienced on all fronts,” he said of the opening. “Our custodians do a magnificent job.”
Wool was glad to speak about the changes to many of the schools, citing an “enormous amount of work over the summer” to get the projects done.
The Harrison High School cafeteria will have a large air-conditioned space ready by the middle to end of next week; this will allow for students taking Regents exams to not swelter in the heat, he said.
Students working in the now fully air-conditioned Parsons Elementary library will be able to work in the new technology lab, which Wool said looked extraordinary. Although it is the oldest school in the district, it now has new lights in the gym and a tiled cafeteria.
One of Wool’s favorite additions is the new fitness center at Harrison High School, which he said would be opening in a few days. There are 40 stations for exercise, plus a new floor, lighting, and air conditioner.
He said the response to the renovations from students and faculty “have been overwhelming.”
Wool also focused on an important point for parents, stating that “all of their important emergency information must be updated immediately” if it is not correct.
“I can assure you we will be very difficult if someone shows up to pick up your child and they’re not on that emergency card,” he said. “We also encourage parents to make sure that all of their medical records are in, because we are very mindful of trying to protect the health and safety of all of the students.”