There's still a lot of work to be done at Erie High School, but Superintendent Brian Polito says efforts are moving along at a good pace. He is confident that the majority of the building will be ready for students next month.
Dozens of BMS CAT workers fill the otherwise vacant Erie High School building each day. Right now, crews are wraping up with the soot and smoke remediation throughout the A and B wings. That part must be complete by the July 15th deadline, which is when insurance investigators are expected to make a visit.
After July 15th, the focus will shift to the C wing, where the majority of the fire damage occured.
Though it doesn't look like much now, Polito says once the renovations are complete, the building will show many improvements. They will "have a new area for cosmetology, which we're very excited about. That's going to be down on the first floor now, and they're going to have a lot more room. We're working on a couple different areas over on the Roosevelt side where we're going to divide classrooms, have some places for family and consumer sciences... a couple other things like that that we're happy about."
Polito continues, "We're starting off with a brand new look here at Erie High School. Serve Erie is going to help us a lot..." There will be new "bathrooms and tiles and painting, lockers, landscaping; all the things that make it more user friendly for the students coming in, in the fall."
Serve Erie is gearing up for their summer project at the high school. The project technically starts July 20th, but Serve Erie is actually looking for volunteers this coming weekend and next weekend for some "pre-work" that will help get things prepared for the big project. And, Serve Erie is urging volunteers as young as 14 to sign up, grab a brush and get to work.
ServErie is urging volunteers as young as 14 to sign up, grab a brush, and get to work. Marcus Atkinson, Executive Director of Serve Erie says, "We need as many people as possible." The group is hoping more than 2,000 volunteers will be signed up by the July 20th start date. Atkinson also says that volunteers aren't required to have any special skills. "If you don't have a particular thing under your belt, as far as labor goes, come on out anways. If you have limitations physically, still come on out."
Atkinson says, "When the smoke clears... literally and physically in lieu of the fire... when the smoke clears... you can say with your conscience, 'I was a part of that effort and we did something special for our children.'"
There is no deadline to sign up. They are actively looking for people willing to give up a few hours of their time. Additionally, they are looking for volunteers for this weekend and next weekend for some prep. work.
You can sign up to volunteer at serverie.com/project-details.
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