Southold High School cafeteria project could be delayed until 2015

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03/27/2014 10:00 AM |
Southold school board members Scott DeSimone, left, and Judi Fouchet at Wednesday's meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Southold school board members Scott DeSimone, left, and Judi Fouchet at Wednesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Southold School District officials said Wednesday they believe this summer’s high school construction project won’t happen as scheduled due to a delay with state education department approvals.

During the school board’s regular meeting, Superintendent David Gamberg said he believes Southold’s application won’t be approved on time because the state is backlogged with signing off on school capital improvements projects across New York.

In addition to a new cafeteria, Mr. Gamberg said the proposal includes relocating the high school principal’s office closer toward the main entrance in an effort to enhance security.

Fearing that a delay could end up costing the district more money, board members questioned if the district could still continue with other planning steps in the meantime, like putting the project out to bid. School officials said they would look into the feasibility of moving forward with the bidding process while state approval is pending.

Voters approved a referendum in 2012 to allow the district to spend about $2.4 million from its capital reserve for the work, as well as roof repair.

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