HPES Renovation Update
March 4, 2017
The HPES renovation project is moving forward on schedule. The board, administration, and architectural team remain committed to completing the project within the approved budget.
Randy Burnett of Colin Lindberg Architects provided a detailed review of project progress at the January 11 board meeting, at which community members had another chance to review the plans and ask questions directly of the architects. That same evening, six of eight contractors who had applied were prequalified by the board. The firms granted pre-qualified status include E. F. Wall, Breadloaf Corporation, Engleberth Construction, Neagley and Chase Construction, Trumbull-Nelson Construction, and Wright and Morrissey Inc. Bids are due April 18, and construction remains on track to begin mid-June.
All required permit applications (building, stormwater, etc.) are underway and proceeding well. The architects presented the plan to the Village Developmental Review Board on February 9.
At the February 6 board meeting, the board approved the administration’s recommendation to lease the former Plaza Hotel and an adjacent ground floor space to house grades K-5 during construction. We have since signed a one-year lease, to begin June 1, 2017, at a total annual cost of $200,000, inclusive of utilities. Grade 6 will have dedicated space at GMTCC for the coming year; at no cost to us as we are in turn donating out-of-service kitchen equipment to the GMTCC campus for students to use. Due to the high cost and regulation-related difficulties associated with moving our pre-school program, we decided not to offer a school-based preschool program for the coming year only.
The search process that resulted in these decisions was careful and exhaustive. Considered options included large spaces such as the former CREW building, the armory in Morrisville, and Johnson State College that could potentially have accommodated most if not all grades in one space. Other considered options were the use of multiple, smaller spaces available throughout the village, as well as the use of portable classrooms on the LUMS/LUHS campus. The options that we ultimately chose clearly provided the best combination of key features; suitability for educational use, safety and security, and cost.
Future updates will be made available via board meetings, meeting minutes, and posts to www.hpes.org.
From the Principal
Reminder that there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Friday, March 24th because of LNSU In-Service.
FAQ Building Project and Move
Start Time/Dismissal Time for Next Year
We are currently fine tuning next year's schedule, but we have a general plan for start of the day and end of the day. The schedule has been determined to minimize time for students on the buses. (The times for Grade 6 are not finalized due to the dependency of LUMS' final schedule.)
6th Grade: Start time the same as the Middle School at 8:05 AM; Dismissal will be with the Middle and High School Students at 3:04 PM
K-5: PLEASE NOTE THE TIMES DIFFERENT FROM THIS YEAR
There will be NO early morning drop off due to space constraints. Students and buses should arrive at 8:15 AM. The school day will begin at 8:30 AM. Dismissal will be at 2:45 for buses and all other students. We will work on a plan to reduce congestion at the end of the day. Parents should seriously consider having their student ride the bus in order to reduce congestion.
We will be having a parent meeting after April break to offer a time for parent questions and input. Please email Diane Reilly at email@example.com or call the front desk if you have immediate input. We want to make this transition student and family friendly as possible.
The staff of HPES are working diligently and joyfully to prepare for this move. We are very excited about our adventure at the Plaza and look forward to returning to our newly renovated building.
We can do this together and the prize at the end is well worth it. Thank you.