Updated 05/29/2012 06:16 PM
Alternative School construction ahead of schedule
The Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning is in the midst of a major expansion. As our Lara Greenberg tells us, contractors are moving ahead of schedule.
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CORNING, N.Y. -- As students head to class inside, construction is moving just as quickly outside.
"When we told them that we had students on a waiting list and that we'd be turning away a couple of classes of children, they did everything they could to get the project finished early enough for the start of school," said head of school Kim Frock.
The new addition at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning has sprung up in just 10 short months since its July groundbreaking. It promises new science labs, a gymnasium, art room and music room. Something that faculty and parents alike can all be excited about.
"It's going to be a welcome thing for the community and other kids like him who have interests and need someone to help them develop their interests in math and science," said parent Morgan Watson.
The heat may be oppressive now, but it was the mild winter weather that allowed this project to move about two to four months ahead of schedule.
"Winter allowed us to do some things we might not have been able to do originally. But we're doing well on schedule. We'll be ready to accept a new class in the fall," said project manager John Youngstrom.
That means three new classes worth of students, a 50 percent increase. Not to mention three new teachers and a shortened waiting list.
"I'm happy to see it. It's one of the best things I think happening in the area right now," said Watson.
And workers will continue hammering and drilling until September rolls around.
The expansion project was paid for by Corning Incorporated. Interior trimming, parking lots and mechanical work is all that's left to be completed by September.