Amityville, NY – By the end of February, construction on the new wing at Amityville Memorial High School was 80 percent complete and remained on target for opening at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Representatives from BBS Architects and Park East Construction provided their monthly update at the board of education meeting on March 11.
In February, construction crews started painting classrooms and installing ceiling girds. Gas piping for the science classrooms was completed, water piping was insulated and installation of the windows and doors for the gymnasium lobby began.
The addition is part of the $69.9 million bond referendum approved by voters in March 2016. The new wing will include general classrooms, science labs, an expanded cafeteria and indoor athletic complex, and will allow the high school to house ninth graders. As soon as the school year ends, the existing gymnasium will be transformed into a music and art suite, expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2021.
Also ongoing is the addition at Northwest Elementary School, which will house kindergarten, first and second grades next year. The new wing will include kindergarten classrooms and a small gymnasium. The mild winter has allowed work to steadily progress and construction is more than halfway complete. It will be ready for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Additionally at Northwest, a new hot water heater was installed to service the entire building.
With kindergarten moving to Northwest, a full- day pre-K program will be launched at Northeast Elementary School. Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly reported that more than 130 students are already registered and another in-person registration session will be held in the spring.
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