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Phillips Avenue Elementary School Breaks Ground

RIVERHEAD: Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Nancy Carney; BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers Principal Roger P. Smith, AIA, LEED AP; Riverhead Board of Education President Ann Cotten-DeGrasse; and Phillips Avenue Elementary School Principal Debra Rodgers led the groundbreaking ceremony for the $3.4-million renovation project at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead. The renovation kicks off the first phase of the district-wide construction projects valued at $78 million, which are financed through a voter-approved bond issue.
“When the community gave approval to these projects in October 2011, I began anticipating this day,” Superintendent Carney said. “We have been working diligently on all of the pre-construction work these past 10 months, and now that we have received building permits and conducted all of our bidding, we are excited to begin the physical construction.”
The 61,680-square-foot building will receive a new library and computer room, classroom renovations, ADA improvements and a host of other improvements that will breathe new life into the building, which was built in the late 1950s. The construction work will proceed in phases in order to eliminate disruptions to educational activities.

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