May 2010

May 10th 2010

 Dear Parents, Teachers, Staff, and Students:

           While the Sterling community was enjoying Spring Break we received the erosion control permit to start work on our campus expansion project – an important part of our strategic plan. During that week Barnhill Construction mobilized on-site, performed survey and layouts, and began installation of erosion control measures (i.e. silt fencing, tree protection fencing and inlet protection) and setting up of the construction entrances. I’m sure it was a pleasant surprise to “finally” see construction activity on campus upon returning from the break.

         Barnhill has begun site improvement with clearing of required trees and stumping to allow for further installation of erosion control measures. Work has begun on grading of a bio-retention pond located north of the construction entrance and baffles have been installed inside the pond area. The storm structures including storm inlet protection have been installed, completed and backfilled.  Installation of the sanitary sewer line adjacent to the playfield has been completed with a tie-in to the buildings. The new sanitary sewer line has been tested and certified by CLH Design. All these measures are critical to ensure that the drainage issues on campus are adequately addressed.

         For the safety of the students the fencing behind the buildings and near the field is re-routed with construction progress. A temporary wall has been constructed at the back of B building to prohibit entrance into the construction zones.

         We have received a permit for the Building Foundation and Shell which will allow Barnhill to prepare the building pad. Work is in progress to get the required approvals from the Fire Marshall to secure the full building permit.  Moseley Architects and CLH Design also continue to work on the required road improvement plans for the Town of Morrisville which includes widening of Townhall Drive and appropriate striping of pavements for crosswalks.

         As previously mentioned, construction is being conducted in phases in order to minimize the impact to school operations. While school is in session for the next month the focus will remain on the new classroom building. During the summer holidays work will begin on the multi-purpose pavilion (Sport Court), soccer fields, and the carpool lanes.

         I have had requests to display the pictures of the building plans that were shared during Science Night. I will work with the architects and Bill Zajic to have those poster boards mounted in the main office.

          My thanks to the excellent team we have on this project (including the Sterling Building Committee, Barnhill Construction, Moseley Architects, and CLH Design) for their continued efforts and persistence!

            If you have any questions feel free to reach out to our Director Bill Zajic or myself.

Sharmila Bristol
President, LHU Board