We have received contractor bids for the heating, air conditioning and classroom bathroom work that will occur in each of our three schools this summer. In the next few weeks, we will be vetting the bids and awarding the contracts. As a result of this construction, the summer recreation program and summer academic intervention program cannot be run in any of our schools.
When I last wrote you, the North Merrick and North Bellmore School Districts indicated that they would be able to serve Merrick students in their summer programs. At this time, the North Bellmore School District is not sure of the form their summer program will adopt and therefore may not be able to serve our students.
North Merrick is pleased to invite our students to join them. North Merrick Schools summer program is scheduled to operate on weekdays from July 1 to July 26, 2019. The hours will be 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (building to be determined). The North Merrick School District is expected to release registration materials before the February recess. We will notify you when the materials are available (I request that you do not contact North Merrick until that time).
In addition, the Friedberg JCC is developing a summer recreation program for Merrick students that will occur at a location within the Merrick community. This program is expected to start in early July. Preliminary planning suggests that this program will provide a six-week session and will run five hours or more a day. Details are also expected to be available before the February recess.
Finally, we are exploring our ability to conduct a summer academic intervention program at the Merrick Public Library. For the summer of 2019, this program would be a twice weekly, small group, tutorial session for students requiring summer academic support. More details to follow.
Construction will be a significant inconvenience, but the expected benefits will be well worth it for our students, staff and community members.
Dominick Palma, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools