‘One Less Move’ Construction Updates, Proposal For SGS Kitchen Renovation Given At School Board Meeting

Updates on a number of “One Less Move” referendum construction projects were given at the school board’s Dec. 22 meeting, including on the Claremont Road Elementary School groundbreaking.

Updates on a number of construction projects connected with the “One Less Move” referendum were given at the Dec. 22 Board OF Education meeting.

The updates were provided by board member Christine Danielsen in her facilities committee report.

Following are the updates Danielsen gave in her report:

At Elizabeth Avenue School, site work is continuing, the footings for the new Multi-Purpose Room addition are 90 percent complete and the footings for the two-storey classroom addition is 80 percent complete. Construction of the masonry back-up on both additions has begun. Shop drawings are continued to be submitted for review.

The Hillcrest Elementary School project is on schedule. Roofing is complete, 95 percent of the face brick is complete, all windows have been installed and the interior block work is complete. Interior studwork is underway. During the Christmas break the interior wall will be demolished to allow for the connection to the main building.

At Pine Grove Manor School, the elevator project will be bid in early January with bid opening scheduled for February 15, 2017 and award on February 23, 2017.

At Franklin Park Elementary School, the covered walkway’s walkway and steel are complete. Site work is 95 percent complete and roof work and installation of the lighting is underway. Railing is to be installed within the next few weeks.

At Claremont Road Elementary School, the site has been cleared and the building pad is being prepared for footings and foundations. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, December 2, 2016. A meeting with the County is scheduled for December 28, 2016 to resolve final comments. Steel erection is scheduled to begin May 1, 2017.

At Sampson G. Smith School the front addition and the STEM classroom’s steel and concrete masonry is complete. Foundations and steel erection are complete for the gymnasium addition. Above ceiling inspections are complete for the science labs, nurse’s suite and CST suite. These spaces are expected to be turned over to the owner at the end of December. Delivery of furniture and occupancy is being coordinated with school personnel.

At Franklin Middle School, the parking lot project includes repairs to existing paving at the middle school. The project is to begin summer of 2017 and be completed by the end of August 2017.

At Franklin Middle School, investigation of masonry destruction was conducted, and once that investigation is reviewed, the full scope of the work with be determined and a bid schedule will be created.

A proposal to renovate the Sampson G. Smith kitchen and service area was also presented to the facilities committee, Danielsen reported.

The presentation was made by Margaret DeBlasi, the district’s director of food services.

DeBlasi told the committee that the school’s kitchen and service area s 50 years old, not efficient and is restrictive in the presentation of food, according to the report.

The estimated cost of DeBlasi’s recommendation is $700,000, with the money coming from the district’s capital project reserve fund and the food service program, according to the report.

The district earlier this year unveiled the $299,000 kitchen and service area renovation done at Franklin Middle School.

Danielsen also reviewed proposed projects for the summer of 2017. Following are excerpts from her report:

Franklin High School:

Paving south side parking lot – The architect has been approved for this project and is moving forward. Funding for this project, estimated to be $400,000 is to come from Capital Reserve Funds.

Concession Stand – The committee has recommended to the full Board to move forward with this project. The architect has been approved for this project and is moving forward with design plans. Estimated cost is $1,200,000. Funding to come from Capital Reserve Funds.

Franklin Park School:

Paving of parking lot and parking lot in front of Annex – The architect has been approved for this project and is moving forward. Funding for this project, estimated to be $300,000 is to come from Capital Reserve Funds.

Sampson G. Smith School:

Replacement of original ceiling tiles and grids – Mr. Strimple discussed with the Committee the replacement of the ceiling tile and grids at SGS. He indicated that he is securing final cost estimates from SSP for this proposed project during the summer of 2017. Preliminary estimates for this project are between $200,000 and $300,000. The architect will be authorized to move forward at the January Board meeting. Funding for this project will come from Capital Reserve Funds.

Pine Grove Manor School:

Fencing – The committee discussed the feasibility of installing a fence in the front part of the property at Pine Grove Manor. Mr. Strimple was directed to get cost estimates for this project. Estimated costs for the project is around $37,000. Mr. Strimple indicated that we will try to move this project forward in the spring of 2016.

Sampson G. Smith School:

Roof Replacement – The Committee discussed the need to replace a section of the SGS roof, which covers the main corridor of the building. Mr. Strimple provided pictures of the existing condition of the roof. Authorization for SSP to work on this project will be done at the December Board meeting. Estimated cost for this project is $400,000. Funding for this project will come from Capital Reserve Funds.

Franklin Middle School:

Tennis Courts/Track Replacement. Mr. Strimple shared with the Committee that a geo-technical survey will be conducted on both the track and tennis courts to determine how extensive repairs need to be made on these playing surfaces. Once this information is known a final budget can be prepared.


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