The plans for a new addition at are almost complete. The updated building design and classroom layouts were presented to the Little Silver Board of Education at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the library.
Project manager Rick Takakjy, of the engineering firm P.W. Moss & Associates, presented the plans for the addition, which will consist of two new kindergarten classrooms. The new classrooms are part of a five-year strategic plan that was created in 2008 for the district, which will conclude with establishment of a full-day kindergarten program. Little Silver is currently in the minority among the state’s kindergarten programs, as most districts have already enacted full-day programs as opposed to half day.
The project was approved by a special election on March 13 to decide whether taxpayers would fund the majority of the addition’s cost.
According to Takakjy, “about 95 percent” of the paperwork for the addition is complete, and final details like colors are now being worked out. The addition will consist of a hallway, exit door and two kindergarten rooms. The furniture layout was also shown to the board, with the new rooms outfitted with cubbies, bookshelves and additional storage space. The addition will bring the school’s total number of kindergarten classrooms to five.
Takakjy said the goal of the design was to match the addition with the front of the school. Although the new classrooms will be added on to a currently existing exterior wall (to become an interior wall), the new exterior walls will be built to blend in with Point Road’s overall exterior architecture.
Once the plans are complete, the project will go out to bid for construction firms to complete the addition. Ground is expected to be broken sometime next year, and according the original five-year strategic plan, full day kindergarten will be implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.