Construction work on $78 million in capital improvements for the Riverhead School District is expected to meet its original completion deadline of next fall, despite delays at the state level that are holding the projects up.
Roger Smith of BBS Architects in Patchogue — which designed the district’s capital improvement bond project, approved by voters in 2011 — gave a construction update Tuesday and said the state is backlogged with sign-offs on similar projects across New York.
Consultants initially estimated that plans for the middle school would get the go-ahead by February, but now believe that will happen around June.
Upgrades planned for the middle school include building additions; renovation of the library, tech room and bathrooms; roof replacement; reconstruction of the cafeteria, science rooms, main office, guidance office and former home economic rooms; window replacement; and parking lots, according to the consultant’s presentation.
Construction at Pulaski Street and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools is expected to start this summer. Those schools are slated to receive new cafeterias and kitchens, among other capital improvements.