The Newburgh Enlarged City School District serves approximately 12,000 students from four neighboring municipalities: the City of Newburgh, the Town of Newburgh, New Windsor, and a small portion of Cornwall. In the district, we inspire our students to be tomorrow’s leaders beyond Academy Field. Many of our students, faculty, staff and departments have distinctions that set us apart from other districts in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Points of Pride will focus on these achievements and distinctions.
November 2016 Focus: Building and Grounds / Security
- The Buildings, Grounds and Security Department is comprised of 140 staff members in Buildings and Grounds and 45 Security staff members. The staff perform all maintenance and security duties to ensure the safe and clean environment of all the schools in our District.
- Beginning in July 2015, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District took the initiative to improve the quality of the water fountains in the district. The NECSD replaced over 80 water fountains with new water coolers/bottle-filler stations. The new coolers are certified lead-free. The district will have all water coolers replaced by the 2017 school year.
- The NECSD recently developed a school painting plan. Buildings and Grounds staff are currently painting rooms at NFA Main- all hallways and stairs are already painted, all bathrooms are painted and B&G staff are currently painting classrooms. Staff will also be addressing painting needs in other schools.
- The Buildings and Grounds staff worked with the Director of Career and Technical Education to get the new CTE programs up and running for this year. Staff renovated a room at NFA Main for the new Barbering Shop.
- This September, the NECSD reopened the West Street School as NFA West. The whole first floor of the building was painted, rooms were repaired and the old gym was converted into a community purpose room. Improvements are expected to continue in the school for next year.
- During the summer months, the Buildings and Grounds Department completed the conversion of Gidney Ave School from a K-8 school to a Pre-K to 5 School.
- In addition, over the summer months the cafeteria at Gardnertown School was painted.
- Over at Fostertown and Temple, the Buildings and Grounds Department installed brand new stage curtains.
- Over the last few years, vestibules were built in the lobbies of school buildings to cut down on heating/cooling loss and also act as a protective barrier for schools.
- Camera intercom systems were installed at the main doors of Balmville, Gardnertown, Gidney Avenue, Fostertown, Horizons on the Hudson, and New Windsor Schools. This allows the school security guard and front office staff to view school visitors as they approach the building and approve or deny entrance.
- Currently, there are over 600 cameras in school buildings across the district. Since July 1, the District has added 82 cameras funded through a School Safety Resources Grant through the Department of Juvenile Justice . During the 2016-2017 school year, additional cameras will be added. The cameras are located in both the interior and on the exterior of buildings and can be accessed in real-time by the NECSD Security Department. In addition, each building has access to their own cameras.