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In order to accommodate a growing population and increased student enrollment, the Sachem Central School District is about to embark on a $228.6 million capital program. Einhorn Yaffee Prescott is provided pre-referendum design services, which included designing a new high school and middle school as well as various renovations to existing schools. This project is a joint effort between the EYP/Albany and EYP/New York City offices. Sachem is one of the largest suburban school district in New York State. With a population of 14,700 students, the District encompasses the towns of Brookhaven, Smithtown, and Islip, New York and is located in Long Island. The Sachem Central School District was established in 1953.

EYP will provide architecture, engineering, and interior design services for the District. This 18 building project consists of restructuring 12 existing elementary schools, renovating two existing middle schools and two existing high schools, as well as building a new high school and middle school. EYP will work to maintain similarity among the various schools in the District when constructing and restructuring these buildings. The renovation plans for all 12 elementary schools include creating integrated classrooms for special education, which will allow for a greater number of students to share the same curriculum. Other components in the renovation plan for Cayuga, Chippewa, Gatelot, Grundy, Hiawatha, Lynwood, Merrimac, Nokomis, Tamarac, Tecumseh, Waverly and Wenonah Elementary Schools include an increase in the number of resource rooms, as well as additional educational spaces for speech, reading, math, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). Also, existing libraries and kindergarten classrooms will be gain much needed additional space.

Seneca and Sagamore Junior High Schools will convert from grades 7 and 8 to accommodate grade 6 as well. Also, South High School will be reconfigured as a middle school to serve grades 6, 7, and 8, and a new Holtsville Middle School will be constructed. The new middle school is compact, with the classrooms surrounding a central courtyard. The proposed referendum includes an addition to the Seneca and Sagamore Middle Schools music rooms as well as additional space required for various academic programs.

Renovations to North High School will be made in order to accommodate students in grades 9-12, and a new high school will be constructed. The renovations to North High School will include a library and gymnasium addition, as well as a 28 classroom addition. The new East High School takes advantage of its hilly site by being partially buried into the hillside. The design has two wings; one a classroom wing, the other will consist of specialty spaces including an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and a pool, linked by a science corridor.

Sachem Central School District

Sachem, New York

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Client: Sachem Central School District

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