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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • C-PP's new high school, middle school open Thursday

  • After many years of planning and a three-year, $97.4 million construction project, the consolidated Corning-Painted Post High School and Corning-Painted Post Middle School open their doors for the first time Thursday.
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  • After many years of planning and a three-year, $97.4 million construction project, the consolidated Corning-Painted Post High School and Corning-Painted Post Middle School open their doors for the first time Thursday.
    The old East High got a new two-story classroom wing, a 2,100-seat gymnasium and new outdoor athletic fields, an 1,100-seat auditorium and a new cafeteria, and becomes the new C-PP High School.
    “It does not look like East High anymore,” Superintendent Mike Ginalski said. “It is dramatically different from what the kids last saw in June.”
    In Painted Post, the old West High is now the new C-PP Middle School.
    A two-story, 20,000-square-foot new wing was added with 23 classrooms - including 1,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art science rooms - as well as new computer labs and special education rooms.
    A one-story, 3,700-square-foot addition was built to house the Family and Consumer Science rooms, and many of the existing classrooms were renovated.
    The cafeteria was completely renovated and expanded with skylights and an outdoor patio, and a new secure entrance was built. The library, auditorium and both gymnasiums got a fresh coat of paint.
    The sports fields are the same - but they’re a big upgrade from the facilities at the two old middle schools, Corning Free Academy and Northside Blodgett.
    The students are returning to school a bit later, and C-PP will use a staggered approach to help them get used to their new digs. The first day for grades 6, 11 and 12 is Thursday, and it’s Friday for grades 7, 8, 9 and 10.
    C-PP spent the summer getting teachers moved into new buildings and new classrooms, creating new bell schedules and class schedules, and figuring out new bus routes. They also tweaked the curriculum used to teach Common Core, hoping to make it more student- and parent-friendly.
    Both new campuses were expected to be “ready and functioning” for the students today, but contractors will still be in the buildings finishing up the capital project well into the school year.
    It’s finish work and fixes, Ginalski said.
    “It’s really going to be a work in progress for a year, potentially,” he said.
    C-PP hopes to continue its facilities overhaul beginning next year.
    On Sept. 23, the district will seek voters’ approval on a $63 million new capital project that will renovate all six elementary schools, replace the turf field and track at Memorial Stadium, and make further improvements on the high school and middle school campuses. If approved, work would begin in the summer of 2015 and continue through 2020.
    It’s a no-frills project, Ginalski says.
    “We’re hoping that people will support this vote, because it’s heavily focused on infrastructure, safety and security,” he said. “It’s windows, roofs, boilers.”
    Page 2 of 2 - C-PP will reach out to residents with community meetings, a newsletter and other mailings, and online info throughout September, said Bill Cameron, public information coordinator.

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