Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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East Greenbush Central School District completed its three-year capital project this fall, which included new secure front entrances; kitchen renovations; asbestos abatement; and other building repairs.

Over the past three summers, all seven schools have seen considerable upgrades that improve health and safety, modernize instructional spaces and increase energy efficiency.

“By regularly maintaining our schools and addressing outdated systems, we can provide safe and quality learning spaces for our students, staff and community,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. He added that he was grateful to the community for continuing to protect taxpayer assets through capital projects.

The $24 million capital project, which was approved by voters in May 2013, was a list of prioritized repairs noted in the District’s 2010 building condition survey. The state requires school districts to have an outside architect or engineer create such a plan every five years and then address those priorities through construction.

The District completed the work on time and within budget, and received state aid for 72.1% of eligible project expenses.

“I would like to thank our Buildings and Grounds Department, our engineering and construction partners, and our community for supporting this necessary project,” said Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance Lawrence Edson.

Capital Project Improvements

Phase 1 (2014)

  • Security vestibules at front entrances – All schools
  • Parking lot paving – Bell Top, Red Mill, Genet, Goff, Green Meadow and DPS
  • Septic system replacement – Bell Top and DPS
  • Roof replacements (for out of warranty portions) – Bell Top, Red Mill, Genet, Goff, Green Meadow and DPS
  • Bus lifts and bus wash – Transportation

Phase 2 (2014)

  • Boiler replacement and conversion from steam system to high-efficiency hot water heat – Genet

Phase 3 (2015 and 2016)

  • Classroom lighting upgrades – Bell Top, Red Mill, Goff, Green Meadow and DPS
  • Kitchen renovations – All schools
  • Cafeteria expansion – Columbia
  • Gymnasium renovation – Goff
  • Walk-in cooler and freezer replacement – Goff and Genet
  • Asbestos-containing floor tile abatement and replacement with new flooring – Bell Top, DPS, Green Meadow, Red Mill
  • Siding replacement – Bell Top cafeteria
  • Backup generator for district computer room – Genet
  • Acoustic treatment ceiling panels – Red Mill
  • Large group instructional area – Columbia basement
  • Improved outside air ventilation – Columbia Guidance

Phase 4 (2016)

  • HVAC temperature control upgrades – Bell Top, Red Mill, Genet, Goff, Green Meadow and DPS

Phase 5 (2016)

  • IT infrastructure upgrades and wireless access upgrades – All schools