"Celebrating a Partnership of Renovation and Renewal"
(September 18, 2012) Representatives from the School and the Town came together on Tuesday, September 18th to celebrate the brand new sidewalks in front of the Pulaski Street School. The sidewalks are the result of a partnership in renewal and renovation undertaken by the school, the county and the town.
"Anyone who has ever walked a child to school knows how important sidewalks are to the safety of our school children," states Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone. "This project is a model for the kind of partnership we want to encourage across Suffolk County to help ensure safety and the revitalization of downtown districts."
The project was part of joint county-town-school partnership. The Town of Riverhead utilized $50,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funding acquired by the town's community development agency director, Christine Kempner, to the $56,800 cost of the project. The balance was supplied by the Riverhead Central School District.
"This is a great example of the kind of partnerships school districts can have with town and county government," states RCSD Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney. "I am very pleased that we were able to work together on this project. It drastically improved the appearance and safety of the sidewalk in front of the Pulaski Street School."
More improvements to sidewalks around the schools will take place in the future through work that will occur as a result of the school district's bond project and through the federal "Safe Routes To Schools" program, which will provide funding for sidewalks and other pedestrian safety improvements along School Street, North Griffing Avenue and Cranberry Street in the vicinity of the Pulaski Street School, Riverhead Middle School and Riverhead High School.