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Chatsworth Elementary Ready for Lessons and Laughs

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Chatsworth Avenue School basketball court is a popular spot for summer games, but construction on the Dormer building roof forced players to other locations while the park closed for the summer.

Those courts are scheduled to be open for the start of school Wednesday as the roofing project, which began the summer of 2010 and resumed the week of July 25 this year, has been completed, said spokesperson for the Mamaroneck School District Debbie Manetta.

In all, Chatsworth's six dormers are being reframed and resided, while the rest of the roof has been weatherproofed with the installation of cooper flashing and an ice/water shield, according to an Aug. 11 progress report from Triton Construction Company, construction manager for the district-wide building upgrades and renovations bond referendum project . At that time, 50 percent of all construction was complete, which also included the installation of new shingles.

The Mamaroneck School District contracted Arch-Concept Construction for $649,500, which totals both summers and is $124,500 under the project's anticipated costs.

"The bond project is being completed ahead of schedule and under budget," said Meryl Rubenstein, assistant superintendent of business operations. "We won't know, obviously, until we close the program where we stand overall. We really accomplished a lot in the benefit of the tax payers."

The Chatsworth roofing project was scheduled to be complete the week of Aug. 29, but superintendent of schools Dr. Robert Shaps said rain storms even before Hurricane Irene had caused delays in certain projects.

The bond referendum project, which was voted for and approved by the community in 2009, included roof work district-wide, as well as replacing the original 40-year old boilers and HVAC systems at Hommocks and Central schools and the original 40-year old Hommocks windows, according to the Mamaroneck School District website .

As of Aug. 4, the Mamaroneck School District has committed $20,618,140 of the $22,064,955 construction bond.

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