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The Board of Education held a special meeting on May 19 at which district architect Ralph Ottaiano presented the Districtwide Facility Assessment and Planning Report.

Mr. Ottaiano began his presentation by explaining the purpose of the study. He said that the school district must continually evaluate and respond to changing conditions of educational programs, demographics, building maintenance, budgeting and goal setting. "Each facility has particular needs due to age and construction, previous renovations, existing space configurations and changes in program or enrollment trends. Districtwide needs, such as expanding computer technology, library/media centers, science programs, support functions and small-group instruction, affect each school in different ways," he noted.

The study presented a conceptual solution to meet the requirements of the educational space program. Preliminary budget estimates and schedules were prepared to indicate how the improvements can be implemented so the district can consider costs and benefits in setting budgets and determining scope, advised Mr. Ottaiano.

Outlining the methodology used, Mr. Ottaiano said, "The building information presented in the report was obtained through meetings, discussions and interviews with school administrators, staff members, faculty and the Board of Education, along with reviews of available building drawings and on-site inspections of each facility by a team of Smith Ottaiano Architects and Deitrich Consulting Engineers.

Explaining how the cost estimates were arrived at, Mr. Ottaiano reported that these were developed by conceptually designing new additions and alterations to identify scheme and scope, and enough information was gathered to apply square footage costs and assign cost figures. "Based on our experience, square foot estimates are an appropriate means for early budget planning process," he noted.

Board President Candy Rossettie informed the audience that the public is invited to give the board its input regarding the long-term facilities plans. These sessions will be on every Tuesday night in June, at 8:15 p.m. at the Sousa Auditorium.

Mr. Ottaiano then presented nine "options" with estimated costs ranging from $18 million to $63 million, which were detailed building by building, according to scope, enrollment and cost. Following are the outlines of these options, all of which eliminate the use of portable classrooms (note-the Guggenheim property referred to is a 19-acre parcel of land in Sands Point that was gifted to the Board of Education by the Guggenheim family):

Base Plan going out to 2001/2002 that essentially expands the existing configuration with Salem as an Administration Building:

Schreiber- Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classrooms; enrollment-1272; cost-$4,652,400.

Weber- Library and Science lab addition; enrollment-1073; cost-$5,200,000.

Administration building-convert office section to the Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost- $50,000

Daly- gym/auditorium addition (full stage) and music reconfiguration; enrollment-463; cost-$3,344,000.

Guggenheim-5 classroom addition; enrollment-625; cost-$1,993,000.

Manorhaven- 5 classroom addition and multi-purpose room addition; enrollment-536; cost-$2,193,000.

Sousa- 1 classroom and 4 room pre-K addition; enrollment-621; cost $2,135,000.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center- cost $250,000.

Total enrollment-4730; total cost-$21,103,400.

Option No. 1 going out to 2005/2006 that essentially expands the existing configuration with Salem as an Administration Building.

Schreiber-Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classrooms; enrollment- 1560; cost $4,652,400.

Weber- Library and science lab addition; enrollment-1200; cost- $5,200,000

Administration Building-convert office section to the Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost-$50,000

Daly-gym/auditorium addition and music reconfiguration plus two classrooms; enrollment-500; cost- $3,659,000.

Guggenheim- 7 classroom addition including science lab and computer lab; enrollment-660; cost- $2,293,000.

Manorhaven- 5 classroom and multi-purpose room addition; enrollment-530; cost- $2,193,000.

Sousa- 3 classrooms and 4 room pre-K addition; enrollment for 3 classrooms-670 and enrollment for pre-K-100; cost- $1,586,000;

Salem- administration building and multi-purpose center; cost- $2,135,000

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center; cost- $250,000.

Total enrollment- 5260; total cost- $22,018,400.

Option No. 2 going out to 2005/2006 that essentially expands existing configuration with Salem as an Administration/Pre-K bldg.

Everything the same as option 2, except

Sousa- 2 classroom addition, interior and ADA modifications; enrollment-670; cost $426,500.

Salem- Administration Building and Pre-K school; enrollment- 100; cost- $2,250,000.

Totals- enrollment- 5260; cost- $20,973,900.

Option #3 going out to 2005/2006 that expands existing configuration with Salem as an elementary school.

Schreiber- Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classroom and Alternative High School addition; enrollment-Schreiber- 1560 and Alternative High School-40; cost- Schreiber- $4,652,400 and Alternative High School- $225,000.

Weber- Library and science lab addition; enrollment- 1200; cost- $5,200,000.

Administration Building-5000 square foot addition to accommodate personnel from Salem; cost- $750,000

Daly- Gym/auditorium addition and music reconfiguration; enrollment- 480; cost- $3,344,000.

Guggenheim- Interior modifications including library renovation and science lab; enrollment- 430; cost- $300,000.

Manorhaven- Interior modifications and science lab; enrollment-430; cost- $200,000.

Sousa- Interior modifications and 4 room Pre-K addition only; enrollment- 580 plus 100 Pre-K; cost- $1,180,000

Salem- Convert to a 5th elementary school; enrollment-300; cost- $2,371,000.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center- $250,000;

Total- enrollment-5260; cost- $18,472,400.

(Mr. Ottaiano noted that this option allows the district to "giggle" around the enrollment in the elementary schools. He also pointed out that it would involve redistricting, but could also be used as a fall-back plan if the enrollment in the elementary schools increases in the future even further, because the existing schools could still be added on to if necessary.)

Option No. 4 going out to 2005/2006 that expands existing configuration and uses Salem as a 5th elementary school with an addition.

Schreiber, Weber, Administration and Gatehouse are the same as Option No. 3.

Daly-Gym/auditorium addition and music reconfiguration; enrollment-460; cost- $3,344,000.

Guggenheim- Interior modifications including library renovation and science lab; enrollment- 540; cost- $300,000.

Manorhaven- Interior modifications and science lab; enrollment- 440; cost- $200,000.

Sousa- Interior modifications and 4 room Pre-K addition only; enrollment- 560 plus 100 Pre-K students; cost- $1,200,000.

Salem- Convert to a fifth elementary school with a 6 room addition; enrollment-380; cost- $3,271,000.

Totals: enrollment- 5280; cost- $19,392,400.

Option No. 5 going out to 2005/2006 that reorganizes facility usage and constructs a new Middle School.

Schreiber- Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classrooms; enrollment-1560; cost- $4,652,400.

Weber- Convert Weber wing to an elementary school and Flower Hill wing to district office and Pre-K. Construct a new 150,000 square foot Middle School on Guggenheim property; enrollment- 660 for elementary school plus 100 for Pre-K, and 1200 for Middle school; cost- Weber and Pre-K- $200,000 and $100,000 respectively, and $30,000,000 for new middle school.

Administration Building- Convert office section to the Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost-$50,000.

Daly- becomes a community/education center, senior center, boys and girls club, library annex, etc.

Guggenheim-Interior modifications including library renovation and science lab; enrollment-560; cost- $300,000.

Manorhaven 5 classrooms and multi-purpose room addition; enrollment- 520; cost- $2,193,000.

Sousa- Interior and ADA modifications; enrollment-620; cost- $126,500.

Salem- Surplus building-rent or sell facility.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center; cost- $250,000.

Totals- enrollment- 5260; cost- $37,871,900. Option No. 6 going out 2005/2006 that reorganizes facility usage, converts Sousa to a middle school and constructs a second new middle school. Salem is surplused. Schreiber- Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classrooms; enrollment-1560; cost- $4,652,000

Weber- Convert Weber wing to an elementary school and Flower Hill wing to district office and Pre-K, construct a new 90,000 square foot middle school on Guggenheim property; enrollment- Weber- 660 plus 100 Pre-K and 650 for new middle school; costs- $200,000 plus $100,000 for elementary and Pre-K, and $18,000,000 for new middle school.

Administration Building- convert to Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost- $50,000.

Daly- gym/auditorium addition and music reconfiguration; enrollment-500; cost- $3,344,000.

Guggenheim- 7 classroom addition including science lab and computer lab; enrollment-660; $2,293,000.

Manorhaven- 5 classroom and multi-purpose room addition; enrollment- 540; cost- $2,193,000.

Sousa- Convert to a middle school and make interior modifications; enrollment-550; cost- $500,000.

Salem- Surplus building; rent or sell facility.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center; cost- $250,000.

Totals- enrollment- 5260; cost- $31,582,400.

(Note-Sousa was originally designed as a middle school.)

Option No. 7 going out to 2005/2006 that reorganizes facility usage, converts Sousa to a middle school and constructs a second new middle school. Salem is used as 5th elementary school.

Schreiber- Auxiliary gym addition and 3rd floor addition for library and classrooms; enrollment-1560; cost- $4,652,400.

Weber- Convert Weber wing to 5th elementary school and Flower Hill wing to district office and Pre-K, construct a new 90,000 square foot middle school on Guggenheim property; enrollment- Weber-660 plus 100 Pre-K, 650-new middle school; cost- Weber and Flower Hill- $200,000 and $100,000 respectively and $18,000,000 for new middle school.

Administration Building- Convert office section to the Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost- $50,000.

Daly- Gym/auditorium addition and music reconfiguration; enrollment-460; cost- $3,344,000.

Guggenheim- Interior modifications including library renovation and science lab; enrollment- 540; cost- $300,000

Manorhaven- Interior modifications and science lab; enrollment- 440; cost- $200,000.

Sousa- Convert to a middle school and make interior modifications; enrollment-550; cost- $500,000.

Salem- Convert to an elementary school with a 6 room addition; enrollment-380; cost- $3,271,000.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center- $250,000.

Total- enrollment- 5260; cost- $30,867,400.

Option No. 8 going out to 2005/2006 that reorganizes facility usage and constructs a new high school.

Schreiber- Convert building to a new middle school and construct a new 270,000 square foot high school on Guggenheim property; enrollment- 1200 for middle school and 1560 for new high school; cost- $60,000,000.

Weber- Convert Weber wing to an elementary school and Flower Hill wing to district office and Pre-K; enrollment- 660 plus 100 Pre-K; costs- $200,000-Weber, $100,000 Flower Hill Pre-K.

Administration Building- Convert office section to the Alternative High School; enrollment-40; cost- $50,000.

Daly- Community/Education Center, senior center, boys and girls club, library annex, etc.

Guggenheim- Interior modifications including library renovation and science lab; enrollment-560; cost- $300,000.

Manorhaven- 5 classrooms and multi-purpose room addition; enrollment-520; cost $2,193,000.

Sousa- Interior and ADA modifications; enrollment-620; cost- $126,500.

Salem- Surplus building-rent or sell facility.

Gatehouse- Environmental Education Center- $250,000.

Total- enrollment-5260; cost- $63,219,500.

Next Steps

The options will be reviewed and discussed by the board, administration and building staff. The district will discuss priorities, scheduling and financing to arrive at a final scope to be recommended.

All aspects of the project must be developed from the conceptual level of the study phase to the actual design solutions and then to drawings and specifications suitable for bidding. The process will require from 12-16 months, prior to the start of any major construction project although some items could be started earlier than others.

The district is holding public forums during the month of June for the taxpayers to offer their input.

If a bond issue is the method decided upon for financing, official public notice must be given.

Commentary

Board member elect Alan Baer asked Assistant Superintendent of Schools Larry Blake to provide an estimate of how much money a bond, using various conceivable amounts, would increase the average taxpayer's annual school tax bill. He hopes that this will help to keep the cost of any plan in a financial perspective.

Board member Roy Nelson asked that standards be established for support service space so that better equity, in terms of facilities, exists in the district.

Dr. Nelson and other board members asked that the problem of the few classrooms in the district, primarily at Daly, that are undersized (approx. 650 square feet) be addressed. It was suggested that this might be done by creatively combining existing space.(As a frame of reference, 850-900 square feet is the current general rule of thumb for constructing new classrooms, Mr. Ottaiano advised.)

He also reiterated the board's request that water stations be included in all classrooms in the district in the long-range plan.

Bob Wood stated that in his opinion the district's student enrollment could get up to 6,800 in the next ten years. He reported that back in 1969, enrollment hit 6,900. Responding to some questions about the accuracy of the projections for enrollment, board member Sandy Ehrlich pointed out that the board can only make "reasonable assumptions" based on data such as live births, migration patterns, etc. She noted that the board plans to review demographics every year in order to better prepare for facilities' needs in the district in the future.

Jim Cowles, an architect who lives in town, commented that the architect needs more detailed directions from each school, noting that the needs of some schools were more expressed to the board than others.

Mr. Cowles also pointed out that it was not prudent to include furniture in the bond issue because it should not be included in the "contingency" portion of the total cost because the board should not pay a fee for the cost of a desk, he said.

Tony Leon said, "Option #3 is a winner. It's the least expensive and accomplishes the goals set forth." Also, it's the least disruptive in terms of construction, he said.

Mr. Schell asked that the costs of opening an additional elementary (Salem) be calculated. Dr. Inserra replied that the administration had done that already and that the figure removed the common costs of an increased enrollment regardless of what schools were being used.

He also wanted the board to consider in its final decision the trauma of relocating students to different schools.

Reiterating the fact that some options called for a large student enrollment in the elementary schools, Ms. Squires told the board she is an advocate of small elementary schools.

Board members Nelson and Cowles commented that they would oppose selling off any of the existing properties of the district. Ms. Cowles added, however, that she "can't speak for future boards."

Board member Sandy Ehrlich stressed the importance of obtaining feedback from the community over the next few weeks. She said that it would be helpful if residents synthesize feedback they hear and pass it on to the board. "The architects have given us options, but we haven't adopted anything yet."

Copies of the report are currently available in each school, the administration building, the Port Washington Library and the district web site: (www.portnet.K12.ny.us).




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