In December 2016, voters in the Merrick Union Free School District approved the district’s capital improvement bond referendum by a vote of 361 to 167.
The project addresses the need for major repairs and renovations at all schools, the addition of air conditioning in all classrooms and an extension for Chatterton School. Periodic updates on the progress of the bond projects will be listed on this page.
November/December Facilities Update
Chatterton Field and Sitework
At Chatterton School, major sitework projects have been completed and minor punch list items are currently being addressed to close out this portion of the work there.
The Chatterton field has been regraded. The masonry contractor has installed parapet metal coping which the architect called to be replaced. Replacement of the roof hatch has also been completed. The contractor has restored the eagle above the main entrance and necessary repairs to the entrance are being made, including installation of new stone. The safety bridge will remain at the Chatterton front entrance until all masonry restoration is completed.
The bid opening for the Chatterton addition was held on Nov. 1, 2018. Bids have been accepted and vendors are in place for all four major components of the addition (general contractor, HVAC, plumbing and electrical contractors). Initially, the district’s attorney notified the low bidders for plumbing and electrical that their bids were not complete and therefore they were disqualified.
Metal exterior panels for the all-purpose room are scheduled for delivery within days and the contractor has begun prep work for their installation.
Temporary construction fencing is being erected over the next few weeks in the area of the new addition and in the rear of the property to accommodate construction vehicles. Excavation is expected to begin shortly.
The district retained the services of environmental consultants JC Broderick & Associates to perform soil analysis in the area where the new addition will be constructed and where drainage pools will be installed. The analysis ensured that there were no hazardous contaminants in accordance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation criteria for permissible levels of contaminants. Schools have the same criteria as residential use. None of the results pertaining to Chatterton exceed permissible residential use levels, and in fact are well below.
According to DEC standards, any excess soil from the project that must be removed from the site must be classified as unrestricted use (by raising of livestock) or otherwise subject to a disposal fee. One pesticide was found to be slightly above the unrestricted level but well below the permissible residential use level. The architect had included an allowance for any disposal cost incurred in the bid documents. Soil tested where the drainage pools will be located has been categorized as unrestricted, and will not require an extra expense.
Once the addition project commences, JC Broderick will be onsite performing air monitoring during the foundation excavation to ensure that students and staff are not affected by any dust developing from the construction. Once the district is satisfied that the excavation will not cause a concern, mason block work will commence. Air monitoring will continue during foundation construction. A filter will be placed on the exterior to the air intake for the unit ventilator units to address any potential concerns.
The general contractor and plumber are also working together to relocate existing underground sanitary lines identified in the area of the addition.
Telephone System (districtwide)
New telephone cabling has been installed in most district locations. Additional cables will be installed in several locations at Birch and Chatterton (areas have been identified). The contractor will be providing a schedule shortly. Data collection is complete and training is underway in anticipation of the new phone system rollout. New phones are being inventoried in preparation for installation.
October Facilities Update
Chatterton School’s new playground and basketball court have officially opened to students! Playground equipment and the rubber surface installation were recently completed and cleared for use following inspection. The color coating for the blacktop area around the playground as well as the basketball court surface were also recently completed.
Final installation of equipment was delayed due to some parts that were not delivered in the original shipment of equipment. Once this was realized, the manufacturer’s representative sent the missing parts via overnight delivery. Three new benches were also installed at the playground.
A safety bridge remains at Chatterton’s front entrance until stone finishes are completed. This will provide a uniform appearance for the cast stone surrounding the school entranceway. A masonry company is also scheduled to inspect the north and east side of the school’s gymnasium to repair and fortify the area to stop and prevent the infiltration of water.
Bids have been advertised for the Chatterton building addition project, with the official opening of bids scheduled for Nov. 1, 2018.
Districtwide (Phone Systems):
New cabling will also be installed throughout the district buildings for greater telephone access. Levy Lakeside has already been inspected and locations for new lines have been identified to ensure all areas of the building have telephone access. Merrick maintenance staff members have installed telephone mounting boxes and have confirmed all areas of Lakeside are covered. An internal inspection is also being conducted at Chatterton and Birch to arrive at solutions for uncovered areas in those buildings. Much of the equipment for these upgrades have been received by the district.
Chatterton Playground Opens for Business
Joined by Merrick School District officials and Chatterton’s PTA Co-President, Chatterton School Principal Dana Bermas cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the school’s new playground. She invited the entire student population and faculty out onto the playground to celebrate this festive occasion.
The new playground includes slides, bridges, climbing ropes, multiple towers, a seesaw and a rock-climbing wall. A colorful, soft rubber surface has also been installed on the ground below and around the new equipment.
Just a few steps away, students are also enjoying newly constructed and painted basketball courts and basketball hoops. This winter the fields just east of the playground will be regraded and planted in time for the spring.
Special thanks to the group of students, parents and staff members for their input into the design of the new playground and the Merrick community for its support! We are thrilled to be able to have this wonderful space for Chatterton students and the Merrick community to come together!