School Bond Construction
Summer 2010 Update
Continued progress has been made on the projects included in the school district¹s bond. As reported in the last edition of The Reporter, all of the work included in Phases I-III is finished and was completed within budget limitations.
Many of the projects included in Phase IV of the bond have not only broken ground but are also nearing completion. These include the renovation of Ward Melville High School¹s auditorium and new science addition, as well as the new music suites at P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools. The District expects that these projects will be completed and ready for use by the start of the school year.
The remaining projects, which include the kitchen renovations at Murphy and Gelinas as well as the new bus loop at Gelinas, will be completed next summer. The renovation of the auditoriums at both junior high schools will be completed this December.
Spring 2009 Update
The construction projects included in the district’s approved bond are moving along smoothly. All of the work in the EXCEL portion and Phase I of the main bond are now completed.
Phase II, which covers the work at the North Country Administrative Center, is 75% complete. These projects involve the creation of a new auto shop and the renovations needed to consolidate the district’s two administrative offices into one location – the North Country building. Currently, administrators are working out of both the Nicolls Road facility and the North Country Administrative Center; the completion of Phase II will close the Nicolls Road building.
Phase III, which comprises building a new science wing, music rooms, and a fitness center at Ward Melville High School, has commenced. Additionally, contained in this phase is the replacement of the tennis courts at both junior high schools. This portion of the project is expected to be completed by June. Nassakeag, Setauket, and Arrowhead Elementary Schools are also slated for renovations during this phase, which will begin during the summer. These include:
• Limited replacement of casework (i.e., built-in bookcases and classroom sinks)
• Repaving of the bus loop and sidewalks
• Removal of vinyl asbestos flooring
• Replacement of ceilings and lighting fixtures (70% of the building)
• Addition of small group instructional spaces
• Relocation of the Main Office
• Replacement of the school kitchen (this project will be completed pending approval from the Suffolk County Health Department)
• New heating and ventilation (this will be completed in two section – the first during the summer of 2009 and the second during the summer of 2010)
• New fire alarm system
• Removal of asbestos flooring
Lastly, Phase IV, which includes projects at each of the district’s eight schools, is with the State Education Department, awaiting approval.
To date, the entire project is coming in under budget, remains on schedule, and should be completed by the end of 2010.
Winter 2009 Update
The work included in the district’s $72.8 million bond referendum, which was passed by the community last October, is well underway. The total scope of the project was broken down into four phases, each of which are in various stages of completion.
To date, all of the projects in Phase I, which included the creation of sixth-grade science centers at each of the Elementary Schools, the installation of two turf fields at Ward Melville High School, the renovation of the Black Box Theater at Ward Melville High School (formally the LGI), and several other large-scale projects are 99% complete.
Phase II, which includes a variety of work at the North Country Administrative Center, is now underway. This phase, which will allow for the district’s two administrative offices (the Nicolls Road facility and the North Country Center) to consolidate, is expected to be completed in June.
The projects included in Phase III are currently out to bid. This component of the project includes the reconstruction of the junior high school tennis courts, the renovation of the HS fitness center, as well as the creation of new science classrooms at the high school and a music/auditorium suite.
The final component, Phase IV, is with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) awaiting approval. This phase is comprised of the renovations planned for the junior high schools’ auditoriums, music rooms, and art and home and careers classrooms.
Update Fall 2008
Last January, district residents approved a $7.5 million EXCEL improvement project and, in October, a $72.8 million bond referendum was passed. Included in those two plans was a multitude of projects needed to renovate the district’s physical plant and bring instructional spaces into the 21st Century. To date, all of the EXCEL projects and Phase I of the October Bond have been completed. This includes:
• Renovation of the Black Box Theater at WMHS (formally the LGI)
• Creation of sixth-grade science centers at all Elementary Schools
• Creation of four classrooms and a life-skills room at Arrowhead
• Creation of a new art and band room at Nassakeag
• Installation of two turf fields at WMHS
• Refurbishment of heating and ventilation equipment districtwide
• Refurbishment of the cafeteria and kitchen at Setauket
• Installation of the Wide Area Network at the North Country Administrative Building
Phase II, which includes the completion of the North Country renovations, is estimated to begin in November. Additionally, projects included in Phase III of the bond are with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) awaiting approval, and Phase IV will be submitted to NYSED in December. All projects are on schedule and the total for the capital improvements are coming in under budget. Total completion is estimated for late fall of 2010.
New Turf Field at WMHS
New Wing at Arrowhead Elementary