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"Continuing The Vision"

The Steering Committee


Recommendation # 1:
Replace the 1960’s Addition boiler and heating controls.  
Footnote #1

Given that the boiler is original equipment and has exceeded its 25-30 year useful life, it should be replaced prior to the 2006 heating season to avoid interruptions to school operations. Control thermostats should be replaced and fitted with uniform, lockable covers. Some piping may be asbestos wrapped and these wrappings should be removed. All coil units should be checked for leaks and proper operations and defective units repaired or replaced.

Recommendation # 2:
Demolish the old convent building and construct a multi-purpose building of approximately 8,000—10,000 square feet.

Building to consist of a regulation size gymnasium for Junior High School students including a stage for theatre productions, boy’s and girl’s restrooms, bleacher seats (one side only) and a concession area to include a sink , but no food preparation equipment. If space allows, consideration should be given to providing a classroom, possibly for music/art. Parking for handicap to be at the rear of the building at same grade level. Other parking to be at a lower grade (Brengarth lots) with appropriate steps, retaining walls, etc. Roofing, whether composition or metal to be determined as well as facing materials such as brick, split block, metal, etc.  
Footnote #2

Recommendation # 3:
Renovate the 1920’s School Building (in stages, if necessary).

(a) Replace all doors, trim, windows, window shades, blackboards, hang strips and bulletin boards.

(b) Replacement doors to have vision panels, base trim to be replaced with rubber cove base and blackboards to be replaced with non-chalk, non-erase boards.

(c) For energy conservation, a portion of the replacement windows should have solid vinyl inserts.

(d) Where feasible, ceiling grids should be cleaned and repaired. All acoustic ceiling tiles should be replaced with a uniform design. If cost justifiable, insulated tiles should be considered in place of standard tiles.

(e) Energy efficient light fixtures and lens should be considered, if cost justifiable.

(f) Given that the wood floors seem to be in acceptable condition, replacement floor coverings should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Consideration should be given to replacement of any asbestos containing floor tiles.

(g) We assume that in most cases, the existing plaster/lath walls can be repaired and resurfaced. Given that electrical conduit has been surfaced mounted, we assume it would not be economical to reface the existing walls with sheetrock. Sheetrock should be used for new partition walls or severely damaged walls. For surface mounting, wire mold should replace conduit where replacement is necessary.

(h) Remains of partial interior partitions should be removed and rooms fully integrated as one unit of space.

Recommendation # 4:
Refurbish the 1960’s Addition  
Footnote #3

All corridors, classrooms and accessory rooms should be professionally painted. Specific attention should be given to doors, door frames, ceilings and exterior entrances. Bathroom stalls and brass plumbing fixtures should be replaced and a ventilation system installed.

Where and if at all possible, the following guidelines and practices should be implemented:

  1. All recommendations by the Diocesan Visiting Team for the School Improvement Process should be completed, except replacement of the 60’s Addition bathrooms.

  2. All asbestos containing materials (ACM) should be removed or encapsulated. A monitoring plan for ACM’s should be implemented.   Footnote #4

  3. Where cost justifiable, energy efficient replacement products should be installed.

  4. All life/safety codes should be followed. This may require air locks at interior staircases and upgrades to fire safety warning and suppression devices.

  5. Additional storage areas should be designated and storage items removed from janitor closets and other non-designated storage areas.

  6. Consideration should be given to purchasing a basic computerized maintenance reminder program. Manufacturer’s maintenance specifications, instructions and schedules to be programmed for boilers, water heaters, life/safety equipment, HVAC controls, ventilation fans, flush valves, safety inspections, etc.

  7. The lowest levels of the 1920’s building should be converted to storage or maintenance use. This includes the girl’s and boy’s locker rooms and restrooms. When possible, this should apply to the present music room and pre-kindergarten room. Ideally, the upper (cold) lunch room and upper gymnasium seating gallery should also be closed.   Footnote #5

  8. Implement a standard policy for future placement of clocks, pictures, learning aids, hanging devices, etc.

  9. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines should be followed concerning all new construction projects. Where feasible and cost reasonable, ADA guidelines should be applied to the refurbishment of existing areas.

The following floor plan changes should be considered:

  1. The teacher’s lounge, principal’s office and front desk area should be expanded to include a sick room area, enlarged principal’s office and front desk area only. The teacher’s lounge should be relocated to the cold lunch room area and this room enclosed and remodeled for this purpose.   Footnote #6

  2. The 4th grade classroom (563 s.f.) should be expanded to include the art room (452 s.f.). The art room should be relocated and combined with the science room function to the stage area.    Footnote #7

  3. A new pre-kindergarten room of approximately 949 s.f. should be constructed utilizing the lower (hot) lunch room and old gymnasium area with access off the 1960’s Addition corridor. Or, the alternative (due to the presence of water/waste lines) utilize the newly constructed room for the 4th grade and utilize the expanded 4th grade room for pre-kindergarten.   Footnote #8

  4. Expand the kitchen from 336 s.f. to 624 s.f. or more (depending on space required by freezers located elsewhere, etc.) and utilize the balance of the old gymnasium for a cafeteria/commons area. Remove lower and upper level gallery seating, supporting columns to remain.  Footnote # 9

  5. Convert the top floor library to modern boy’s and girl’s restrooms utilizing the old nurse’s room and excess floor circulation area. Footnote #10

  6. Utilize the top floor computer room, library annex area, janitor’s closet, storage/server room and excess floor circulation area to create new, separate rooms for the library and computer instruction room. Footnote #11

  7. Convert the top floor restrooms to a janitor’s closet and a storage closet. Install a water heater to provide hot water for this floor.

  8. Explore moving the music room to the new multi-purpose building.   Footnote #12

Room Schedule—1920’s Building

  • Pre-kindergarten - 21’ x 29’ = 609 s.f.

  • Kindergarten - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.

  • 1st Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.

  • 2nd Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.

  • 3rd Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.

  • 4th Grade - 18’11” x 29’9” = 563 s.f.

  • 5th Grade - 18’9” x 29’1” + 23’4” x 20’8” = 1,026 s.f.

  • 6th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” = 819 s.f.

  • 7th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” + 23’6” x 20’11” = 1,026 s.f.

  • 8th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” = 819 s.f.

  • Art Room - 21’9” x 20’10” = 452 s.f.

  • Music Room - 23’ x 29’3” = 673 s.f.

  • Library - 18’6” x 26’4” = 487 s.f.

  • Faculty Lounge - 18’9” x 28’8” = 536 s.f.

  • Front Desk - 13’6” x 20’8” = 278 s.f.

  • Sick Room Presently None

  • Kitchen - 16’ x 21’ = 336 s.f.

  • Title I - 11’ x 20’8” = 227 s.f.

  • Science Room Presently 8th Grade Home Room

  • Computer Room - 29’8” x 38’ = 1,127 s.f.

  • Hot and Cold Lunch - 16’ x 34’ + 19’ x 41’2” = 1,326 s.f.

  • Gymnasium - 37’6” x 58’4” = 2,186 s.f.

  • Stage - 20’7” x 41’4” = 854 s.f.

  • Various restrooms, old locker rooms, boiler room, janitor’s closet and storage areas

Enrollment—2005/2006 School Year

  • Pre-Kindergarten - 26 (11 / 3 year olds, 15 / 4 year olds)

  • Kindergarten - 18

  • 1st Grade - 24

  • 2nd Grade - 22

  • 3rd Grade - 22

  • 4th Grade - 17

  • 5th Grade - 19

  • 6th Grade - 20

  • 7th Grade - 20

  • 8th Grade - 20

  • Total - 208


Footnotes to the “Suggestions/Findings/Rationale” document:

Footnote #1
Action on the 1960’s Addition boiler and heating controls was referred to the Parish Properties Maintenance Committee. The circulation pump was replaced and the boiler was returned to service.

Footnote #2
The proposed multi-purpose building will include all of the above. The existing kitchen will be expanded and relocated to the present day stage area. This will allow concessions to be served to the multi-purpose building from the kitchen’s north side and lunch to be served to the school’s commons/cafeteria from the kitchen’s south side. The present plan calls for the art room to be re-located to the present day pre-K room. The music room will remain in its present day location.

Footnote #3
Action on the 1960’s Addition refurbishment was referred to the Parish Properties Maintenance Committee.

Footnote #4
A monitoring plan for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) was put in place by the Diocese in the 1990’s.

Footnote #5
The boy’s and girl’s locker rooms will be converted to storage use. The new multi-purpose building will contain boy’s and girl’s locker rooms, as well as a Director of Physical Education Office. The upper (cold) lunch room will be removed. A decision on removal of the upper west side gallery seating has not been finalized.

Footnote #6
A restroom adjacent to the sick room will also be incorporated into the expanded administrative office area. Removal of the cold lunch room (upper gallery area) will allow for the teacher’s lounge to be re-located to the present day hot lunch room area. The teacher’s lounge will have full height ceilings and modern amenities.

Footnote #7
Art classes will be relocated to the present day pre-K room.

Footnote #8
The present plan calls for the existing 4th grade room to expand into the present day art room. A new pre-K room will be constructed in the present-day kitchen area.

Footnote #9
A decision on removal of the upper west side gallery seating has not been finalized.

Footnote #10
The top floor library will remain “as is”. New proposed restrooms will come from space currently under used, such as the old nurse’s room, storage/server room, and excess floor circulation area.

Footnote #11
The computer instruction room will be relocated to the 8th grade/Science home room. The present day computer room/library annex area will be the 8th grade/Science home room. Switching rooms for these functions will allow them to be “right” sized.

Footnote #12
The music room will remain “as is”.