Office of the Superintendent
Welcome to the Superintendent's Office
Anthony J. Panella
Secretary to the Superintendent and District Clerk
When Amherst Central High School and Middle School students return to campus on Sept. 3, they will come back to buildings with new windows, a reconstructed parking lot at the middle school and dramatic updates to the high school music wing and school corridors.
Major construction work slated for Phase 2 of the district’s capital construction project has had our campuses bustling with activity since April break, but most noticeably between July and August.
The high school students involved in our award-winning music department will now have adaptable instruction space, improved acoustics, and state-of-the-art digital recording equipment that will extend the learning opportunities of our excellent performing arts program. Reconfiguring the entire music wing creates more room for whole group rehearsals and small group/individual practice rooms for our musicians. The choral room floor was lowered for more flexibility to adapt instruction and risers to specific groups of individuals. New cabinetry in the band and orchestra areas allows for larger, secure instrument storage. Installation of professional recording equipment gives teachers the capability of digital feedback to students after they record themselves. Teaching walls with interactive technology will also be in some rooms.
Elsewhere at the high school, the main entry has a fresh look with new paint. Corridors are painted, new ceiling lights installed, new lockers installed and terrazzo floors are refinished and resealed. Replacing the windows with a style that matches the beautiful exterior of the building began in July and will continue next summer.
At the Middle School, classroom windows are replaced with a new energy efficient style. The entire parking lot and tennis court area off Saratoga Road is torn up to install new drainage, additional parking spaces and four new tennis courts. Parents who come to cheer their softball or baseball players can park away from areas that a stray ball could hit. A new walkway from the parking area will lead to the softball fields. Spectator parking along the entry drive from Saratoga Road will be prohibited. Improvements to the parking lot’s stormwater system will alleviate flooding during heavy rains or melting snow.
Last summer, updates to the high school turf and track complex comprised Phase 1 of the $29.6 million capital project, approved by voters in December 2016. As we approach Phase 3, bidding will begin this fall as Phases 2 and 3 will play out concurrently next summer with more window replacement and construction of the high school basement, kitchen, cafeteria, and home and career spaces to innovate curriculum.
I want to commend the flexibility of our administrators and support staff at every building, our high school music teachers, and the buildings and grounds crew, who moved to temporary offices at other buildings while work was done. Throughout it all, our staff continues to display adaptability and professionalism as we finish up the final details to be ready for our staff opening days in late August and the first day of school on Sept. 3.