Road to 2020 Construction Updates

The Road to 2020 Capital Improvement Project is well underway. Below is a list of the current progress and challenges as of Thursday, September 13:
 
Turf Field: We are providing access to the turf field for our student varsity athletes only. This is to allow our athletes practice time for their season. The turf field is not open to the community at this time.  This means no member of the community should be on the field or walking their dogs at this time.  The track is also not complete and we are at mercy of the weather at this point. The track is closed to the public until further notice. We do not have a definitive completion date currently, but will share one as soon as it becomes available. 

Pool: Unfortunately, the pool completion has been pushed back further due to a recent discovery regarding a main pipeline leaving Richard Mann Elementary.  A crack has been discovered in the pipeline which is buried approximately 7 feet  underground beneath the pool locker rooms. In order to repair this pipeline, the entire elementary school building will need to be shut down.  As such, we are waiting for a time period where we will not have students and staff in the building for an extended period of time.  At this point, that appears to be Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 2018.  We will attempt to repair the pipeline during that weekend to limit the disruption for our students as much as possible. Once the pipeline has been repaired, work on the pool locker rooms can resume.  It will take approximately 5 weeks from the pipe repair to completion of the locker rooms.  At this point, it appears the pool will not be complete until the end of December 2018. We are frustrated with the impact this is having on our student athletes and community members, and are working diligently to find other solutions. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

4th and 5th Grade Wing:  At this time the computer lab in the 4th and 5th grade wing at the elementary school is delayed due to material installation challenges. Special materials are used in the computer labs to help keep the hardware cool and functioning at its highest level. The materials to be installed require a low humidity level, and unfortunately, the humidity level at this time has been uncooperative. We are waiting for a finalized completion date and will share as soon as it becomes available.

Middle School Locker Rooms: At this time the Middle School Locker rooms will not be complete until approximately October 19.  The installation of tiles has stalled production at this point, however, our construction crew is working hard to complete the tile work to get to the final phase of completion.

While some of phase 1 is still being completed, phase 2 is on target. As with any construction project, there are always delays and unforeseeable challenges.  We are frustrated with the impact some of these delays are creating for our students and staff, however, our number one priority is their safety. We want to ensure that these projects are completed correctly to provide a safe environment for our current students and the future ones to come.  

The following is a list of upcoming projects:
 
Second Grade Classrooms: All of the 2018-2019 second grade students have been relocated to temporary classrooms until the newly designed second grade classrooms are finished.  While construction is in progress there will be access tunnels to allow students a safe passage from one area to another. Second grade classrooms are anticipated to be finished in December 2018.
 
Softball Field: Once the turf field and track resurfacing is complete, the softball field work will begin.  Drainage will be installed with the anticipated start time in early September.
 
Third and Fourth Grade Classrooms: Construction will begin on the third and fourth grade classrooms in January 2019 with an anticipated finish date in August 2019.
 
Middle and High School Entrances:  The upgrades to the Gananda Middle School and Ruben A. Cirillo High School entrances will begin in the summer of 2019.
 
Project Lead The Way Classroom Upgrades:  The upgrades to the Project Lead The Way classrooms in Ruben A. Cirillo High School will begin in the summer of 2019.
 
The Road to 2020 project was approved by voters in December 2016. The project addresses a variety of needs within the district and provides improvements to our facilities in an effort to bring learning into the 21st century, showcase Blue Panther Pride and increase access to facilities, and enhance safety and security.