New Welcome Signs for Commack Schools
New granite and stone foundations to hold the welcome signs for all eight Commack Schools and the Hubbs Administration Building have been donated to the District by Gappsi Inc., a local home improvement company. Gappsi has donated masonry work and landscaping to more than ten school districts in Suffolk County. The company is also donating the labor and materials to construct the new 9-11 Memorial at Commack High School
While scouting out a site for the memorial, Gappsi co-owners Mike Specchio and Giuseppe Abbnancati noticed that the stonework on the high school welcome sign was in need of a facelift. Within a few weeks after discussing designs and plans with each principal, the Gappsi group began construction. Each sign’s foundation will be different and unique.
“We want to give back to the community,” Mike Specchio said. “Giuseppe’s wife is a graduate of the Commack Schools. Each principal had different ideas, and we built the foundations to compliment the welcome signs that were in place. Our company worked collaboratively to design a unique look at each building, while maintaining continuity between the designs.”
“The Board and I are very pleased with the quality and look of the masonry installations. We are very appreciative for the donations made by the Gappsi Group,” said Superintendent of Commack Schools, Dr. Donald A. James. “These generous donations are very appreciated particularly during these difficult fiscal times when there are no funds for “extras” in the school budgets.”
Mr. Specchio also commented on the economy. “Work slows down in the cold weather, and we want to keep our employees busy. It’s a win-win that benefits the schools, our workers and their families.”
Other entities have also inquired about donating services or cash to the schools. “”While we carefully consider all proposals to avoid advertisements directly targeting students,” said Board of Education President MaryJo Masciello, “We are amazed and gratified by the generosity of our community on so many levels from personal to corporate.”
Story & Photo by Brenda Lentsch: Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School Principal Michelle Tancredi and Sawmill students with the newly installed stone tower supports for the school sign.