HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Students and parents will be greeted at the new main office at both Euclid and Lincoln Elementary Schools on Wednesday, as part of the upgrade and security improvements made over the summer.
Demolition and construction began on the Monday following the last day of school, Monday, June 24. The ambitous goal in both schools was to move the main office from the second floor down to the main floor, adding additional security, and transform the original office into classroom space. ADA-compliant bathrooms were also created.
According to Michael Sickels, principal of Euclid School, crews worked six days a week into the evening to finish by the first day of school in September. Sickels said it was "pretty impressive" from working with the architects through the whole process and over the summer, saying they are very appreciative.
Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintedent of Schools, noted that it took the crew only five days to mitigate and remove the asbestos before the rest of the demolition could continue.
The new security measures were explained at the August Board of Education meeting. Anyone looking to enter either school will need to be buzzed in twice. The first buzzer at the main door will bring a person into the main entry foyer at the bottom of the stairs. The landing at the top of the stairs now features a large, artistic tile design of either the Euclid Eagle or Lincoln Leopard. The person will need to present proper identification to a school staffer who sits in a safety alcove who will clear them to enter the building. The doors and windows now have bulletproof glass which is several inches thick.
Upstairs the former offices have been transformed into classroom space, a Pre-K at one school and a resource room at the other. There is also another ADA-compliant bathroom on the second floor.
The new main offices are large, bright and airy. They feature the main administrative desk, a separate copy room, meeting room, staff bathroom, mini kitchenette, and principal's office. There is low care/no care new flooring and LED lighting overhead. A window has been installed in each principal's office, looking over the courtyard/playground. The office can monitor the front door and playground through security cameras and there is a blue light button to alert the community to safety drills.
At Euclid School, the new office is home to administrative staff Connie Romano and Patty Hone. Pat Carlin and Daisy Sisco are the administrative staff at Lincoln School.
"I appreciate Dr. Helfant and the Board of Education allocating fund for this important project," said Joseph Colangelo, principal at Lincoln School. "We're so proud of how much safer it makes our students and staff."
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