The last day of school for Beecher Road School students is Friday June 19; the last day for teachers is June 23. On June 24, the entire Beecher Road building facility, including the pool and grounds, will become a construction zone and off limits to the public. Renovation work on the school will begin in earnest for the second summer in a row.
Last May, the Town of Woodbridge signed a contract with Energy System Group for renovations at the school. The project scope includes energy conservation measures and security enhancements. Beecher Road School was built in 1960, and has been added onto since then, including a major addition (Beecher South) in 1970, a small wing of classrooms in 1994 and a second addition of classroom space in 1997. The $13.4 million renovation project was approved by a referendum in 2014.
“We are extremely grateful to the Woodbridge taxpayers for the support they have given us,” said Superintendent Dr. Guy Stella. “We are also appreciative for the support and flexibility that our school community has demonstrated during all phases of this construction project. We are a community school. Our children and citizens will be the beneficiaries of this project for years to come.”
“Beecher Road School staff and students will soon enjoy a building as excellent as the learning that goes on inside,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
As part of the energy upgrades, the project includes an “energy performance contract” that will guarantee certain energy cost savings. The school will see upgrades which including energy conservation measures, lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, security enhancements and more. Last summer’s work focused on the A Wing as well as the process of replacing HVAC delivery systems throughout the building.
Also last summer a micro turbine was installed on the school roof which will provide power to key features, such as emergency lighting, in the event of a power outage. During spring break a sally port was installed in the school’s North entry to enhance security.
This summer’s work calls for the installation of security enhancements to the building, a canopy at the school’s North entry, the removal of window air conditioning units throughout the building and installation of a new HVAC system to provide central air conditioning. There will also be a solar array installed on the roof that will provide significant electric savings for the school.
Summer programs that normally operate at Beecher Road School will be located elsewhere, including Amity High and Ezra Academy. The school and its pool will be closed to the public.