MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- One day before classes begin, the Mamaroneck Board of Education took a field trip of their own to three of the district's buildings that were worked on over the summer, before holding a study session Tuesday night.
Some board members, along with superintendent of schools Dr. Robert Shaps, previously toured the buildings in July during the construction.
"The tour is designed to give the board of education and the community a look at the work that was completed this summer, including phase two of the bond work ," said Debbie Manetta, district spokesperson.
The $22,064,955 bond referendum project's phase one began last summer. Both phases included HVAC system upgrades at Central School and Hommocks Middle School , where the tour began.
"Last year was the real big event with the HVAC system replacement," Shaps said. "Seeing the school last summer with everything open really gives you perspective."
Shaps and the board planned to tour the roof as they did previously, but had to skip it due to heavy rain, which their tour guide Stephen Brugges pointed out hadn't formed any puddles in Hommock's new parking lot. Brugges, of Triton Construction Company - construction manager for the bond referendum project - said the contractor Fourmen Construction Company improved the drainage system, in addition to replacing two feet of stone and redesigning the parking lot.
"It shouldn't take you 15 minutes to get in and out of Hommocks like it used to," Brugges said. "The true test will be tomorrow."
While weather delayed some projects, it caused an entirely new project at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School (MAS), which flooded during Tropical Storm Irene.
"We took a tour of it today with the board and the lower gym is the area that got most of the damage, as well as the lower cafeteria," said Meryl Rubenstein, assistant superintendent of business operations. She added that a restoration company was able to replace the cafeteria floors by Sept. 2. "The only area that's currently still affected inside the building is the gym."
The lower gym, which had four feet of flood water Aug. 28, will not be available for the first week or two of school. Similarly, the district had to close the front playground because the health department found residual fuel oil from the storm water.
Prior to the storm, MAS required another emergency repair project when the district discovered water damage in the wood surrounding the windows and the exterior brick veneers.
"Mamaroneck Avenue School was our biggest surprise this year," Rubenstein said.
After the tour, the board held a 7:30 p.m. study session in the Mamaroneck High School library.
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