Hampton Bays Officials Offer Update On School Construction Projects

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Inclement weather and other unexpected delays are threatening to push several ongoing Hampton Bays School District construction projects slightly off schedule, according to a report presented to Board of Education members on Tuesday night.

Still, at least for the time being, the completion dates for the projects are still on schedule.

T.J. Miskovsky, the district’s construction manager, updated the board on the first phase of a two-year $16 million series of projects. The district has been working primarily on projects involving upgrading its outdoor athletic facilities.

The stadium lights installed on the high school football field should have been completed earlier this week but because of rain on Tuesday, the Long Island Power Authority postponed the electrical transformer switchover, Mr. Miskovsky said.

The mixed-use court project at the high school, meanwhile, is slightly behind schedule because that work was disturbing nearby residences, he added. The facility, once finished, will offer space for tennis, basketball and handball matches.

“The project is off schedule by approximately a week right now,” Mr. Miskovsky said of the court work. “Because of the proximity of the court to nearby neighbors, our vibrations were a concern. We became very cautious and slowed down the pace of work.”

Blacktop resurfacing jobs, including work that is set to take place on the mixed-use courts and at both the elementary and high schools, are highly dependent on the weather, he said, and could be pushed back if it rains in the coming weeks.

Other projects are either on or ahead of schedule, setting up the district to eventually being the next phases of construction.

The board also approved various financial reports from departments throughout the district and established a petty cash fund to support the cafeteria at the district offices.

Schools Superintendent Lars Clemenson also formally welcomed several new teachers to the district on Tuesday evening, and gave Gregg Rechler, a partner in R Squared LLC, time to address the public about his company’s proposed Canoe Place Inn project and its potential impact on the local tax base.

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