#childsafety | Merrick Celebrates Opening Of Chatterton School Addition

MERRICK, NY — Merrick School District Board of Education trustees, district administrators, teachers, students and PTA members gathered on Oct. 6 to celebrate the official unveiling of the new building addition at Chatterton Elementary School. The 5,800-square-foot addition, approved by voters through the December 2016 bond referendum, provides a second multipurpose room for the school, as well as space for the school’s academic intervention services. These include occupational therapy, physical therapy and reading and math interventions.

Academic intervention services were previously in an area of the building that was never intended for instructional use. In addition, without the second multipurpose room, there were numerous logistical issues when special events, assemblies or PTA functions were taking place in the school, the district said. Currently, the multipurpose room is being utilized as a lunch room to aid in social distancing, as well as a mask break area.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Board of Education President Dr. Nancy Kaplan thanked everyone who played a role in helping this project come to fruition. “We are gathered here today to witness history in the making,” she said. “This building will be around for a long time and many children, families and staff will benefit from this new space.”

Chatterton Elementary School Principal Dana Bermas added, “We’ve gained a tremendous new space at our school. We are so thankful to everyone for their support of this project, especially the Merrick community. Thank you for supporting our vision.”

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