Dansville Central School District administrative offices have occupied the former Livingston Mutual Insurance offices

DANSVILLE — Since Feb. 24, Dansville Central School District administrative offices have occupied the former Livingston Mutual Insurance offices directly across the street from the school campus.

In addition, the district has been getting the adjacent acreage ready for multi-use sports fields, thanks to help from the Village.

It took the school’s maintenance department and administrative staff about five days to make its move.

“The maintenance staff did a great job of getting this place ready,” Alioto said. The building needed many American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance upgrades, plus the interior was repainted, new fire-rated doors and fire walls were installed, plus some new flooring, including floor reinforcements for the records room.

The purpose of the move was to free up instructional space at the main campus. The administrative offices had been adjacent to the Dansville Primary School, but now that space will be occupied by speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as a school psychologist office.

“Many of these service providers have been working in bookrooms, essentially closets,” Alioto said. “And we’re happy to move them to a larger space that the kids can then utilize as well.”

The spacious interior of the new offices allows for the superintendent, business, account clerks, benefits coordinator, maintenance/facilities director, curriculum instruction, computer technology, payroll, tax collector, treasurer/accounts payable, plus room for conferences, central printing and records. The special education office is planning to move from the elementary school to the new facility in April, which will free up space in the elementary school for occupational, physical, speech and reading services as well.

Outside, the adjacent grounds are being readied for soccer and football practice fields, as well as soccer playing fields. Although voters have approved the expenditure of the purchase of the land, they will now be asked to expend $100,000 for the district’s portion of the construction of the new multi-use field, which is included in the new school budget. The public vote is scheduled for May 19.

If voters approve the budget, the construction of the field will commence this summer, pending approval from the state education department. A proposal is currently in the hands of the state department of transportation for a crosswalk from the main campus to the sports grounds. Pending approval, that would also be started this summer as well.

“All of these moves are part of the long-term vision for facilities development,” Alioto said. “Things are happening, one step at a time.”

In addition to this project, bids for the 2018 capital improvement project came within budget. That project, which includes new elementary school music classrooms, renovations to the high school auditorium, renovations to the bus garage, as well as the new physical education and athletics facilities behind the main campus, is expected to begin in the summer of 2021.

Though the administrative offices have moved, the district’s bi-monthly board of education meetings will still be conducted in the primary school cafeteria.