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Top photo: Crews remove the old South Colonie Pupil Personnel Services offices at the rear of Forest Park Elementary School over the summer to make way for the construction of the new school library (bottom photo) scheduled to begin later this school year.

Summer Construction Underway at Forest Park Elementary

Demolition crews rolled into Forest Park Elementary School this week to tear down the former South Colonie Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) offices at the rear of the building in preparation for the construction of the new school library.

The new library is part of Colonie 2020, a district-wide $13.8 million capital improvement project initiative approved by voters back in October, 2014. Library construction is expected to begin later this school year. The district hopes to have the foundation in place before winter, and outdoor construction to continue in the spring of 2017.

In the meantime, the old "trailer-style" office units and classrooms, which were in disrepair and outlived their usefulness, began being torn down on Monday, Aug. 1. The trailers have been vacant since last January when the PPS offices were moved to Lisha Kill Middle School.

Also this summer as part of the capital project, asbestos abatement and replacement of ceilings was completed at Forest Park and Veeder elementary schools, wireless Wi-Fi Internet is being installed at all eight schools, along with other technology upgrades such as Voice-Over Internet Phone systems and improved building inter-communication systems.

Work will shift to Colonie Central High School later this school year as renovations are planned for the Art, Music and Technology wings, and the heating system will be converted from steam to hot water heat.

A new library will also be constructed at Roessleville Elementary School with that work scheduled to begin during the summer of 2017.

Colonie 2020 is a multi-phase capital initiative designed to maintain and improve school facilities, provide critical technology improvements/access for students, address health and safety issues and improve energy efficiency.