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Site work at our schools: new sidewalks, new roof, new parking lots, new student drop-off loops, and MORE.

Groundbreaking News At Phillips Avenue

On Thursday, August 16, 2012, the Board of Education of the Riverhead Central School District ceremonially broke ground at Phillips Avenue Elementary School, kicking off the first phase of construction in the school bond plan.

The ceremony includee Board members, members of the CPR Committee, Superintendent Nancy Carney and representatives from BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers, the firm that designed the plans.  Phillips Avenue Elementary School is located at 141 Phillips Avenue, Riverhead.

“When the community gave approval to these projects in October 2011, I began anticipating this day,” Superintendent Carney said.  “We have been working diligently on all of the pre-construction work these past 10 months, and now that we have received building permits and conducted all of our bidding, we are excited to begin the physical construction.”

Phillips Avenue Elementary School, which houses students in grades K-4, is scheduled to receive a new library, new roof, new parking lots, new student drop-off loops, a safer surface installed under the playground equipment, uand a host of other improvements that will breathe new life into the building, which was built in the late 1950s. 

“I am very proud of the library that will be built in this school,” Superintendent Carney said.  “It takes the existing library and moves it into the 21st Century, with additional computing power and modern arrangements to teach reading and a lifelong love of books to our students.”

Other work includes the replacement of some sidewalks, renovations to bathrooms, and the reconfiguration of some classrooms to create specialized learning centers.  Additionally, improvements will be done throughout the building to make Phillips ADA compliant.

Debra Rodgers, the principal at Phillips Avenue, noted that the public bidding process brought the project in under budget, thus allowing the district to add additional work to the playgrounds at the school.  “We will be renovating the playgrounds here to include a rubber safety surface under the play structures,” she said.  “This will improve the experiences the students have during recess, allow them to safely exercise and increase physical fitness, and make the play area accessible to all students.”

The project, which will cost about $3.389 million in construction costs, will begin immediately and continue during the school year and into next summer.  The district has hired Triton Construction Company to ensure that all work is coordinated between building contractors and the needs of the students, faculty, and staff at the school.

“This is a wonderful day for Riverhead, and I can’t wait for the work to progress on our other buildings in the near future,” Superintendent Carney stated.