Plans for school renovations sent to Board of Selectmen
The Board of Education is asking that a building committee be created. There are no estimates for the projects as of yet.
"In the next two years, our projections shows that we will be at the tipping point," Superintendent Stephen Falcone said.
The 2011 enrollment projections show that the population of Tokeneke will increase from 509 students in the 2014-15 school year to 519 students in 2015-16. Additionally, the student population at Royle Elementary School will increase from 399 students in 2014-15 to 407 in 2016-17
Falcone presented the Board of Education with two plans for renovations at the Wednesday, April 10, meeting.
The first, and most cost-effective, would be an addition of seven or eight classrooms to the back of Tokeneke. Construction at Tokeneke would be easiest because the original building firm and companies are still available for consultation. Additionally, the building is up to current code. The building, which is the newest elementary school is town, opened January 2008, which is after the International Building Code was adopted. The other elementary schools were built prior to the IBC.
"If you hit a certain money threshold, you have to bring the whole building up to code," Michael Lynch, director of facilities and operations, told the board.
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Lynch proposed a relocation of the cafeteria at Royle to the common area on the first floor, add a kitchen area, move some instructional space to the lower level and add five classrooms on the first floor.
If those changes are made, the entire Early Learner Program can be in one school. Royle will need to be brought up to code because it was built prior to adoption of the IBC.
Renovating and using the senior center on Edgerton Street "didn't seem like the quickest solution," Falcone said.
Board member Heather Shea asked Falcone about the possibility of redistricting, knowing that it was an unpopular choice.
"We looked at the redistricting option," Falcone said. "Right now there is so little wiggle room at any one school building."
The plans will go to the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, April 22.