Temporary Teacher Offices Will Free Space For On-Site Instruction In Bridgehampton

Workers maneuver portable office units into position at the Bridgehampton School. The units, which will provide 24 small offices for teachers, will free classroom space in the main buiding, allowing the district to bring back secondary students in the coming weeks. STEPHEN J. KOTZ

Contractors moved three modular buildings into place on the east side of the Bridgehampton School on Monday that will provide a total of 24 roughly 9-by-6-foot offices for teachers.

The extra space, which is costing the district approximately $66,000 over the six-month term of the contract, will make it easier to start bringing middle and high school students back on campus by early next month. Since the start of the school year, students in grades seven through 12 have been educated remotely, while those in kindergarten through sixth grade have been taught on campus.

Superintendent Robert Hauser said this week the district expects to receive the go-ahead by the end of the month to move into five second-floor classrooms in a 30,000-square-foot addition that is approaching the finish line. Once those classrooms are available, he said the district will use them and seven other classrooms in the main building to bring the 125 students in the upper grades back to school on a part-time basis.

Mr. Hauser said a community fitness center in the addition is almost complete as well, and it will be pressed into service as a space for indoor physical education classes while the new gymnasium is being finished. The old gym is being converted into an auditorium and library.

“It’s coming in bits and pieces,” Mr. Hauser said, adding that the contractor’s contract calls for the school building to be finished by December 31. “We’re coming into the final stretch. It’s all hands on deck, day and night.”

The temporary office spaces will give teachers a place to go when they are not in the classroom teaching because those classrooms will likely be in use by other teachers, he said. They will be able to use the offices to prepare for classes, grade students’ work, and present online classes in a quiet environment.

“The goal is to have the them ready by Monday, November 23, to give staff the opportunity to get settled into those rooms,” he said. “We’re hoping by early December to bring the kids back on a hybrid schedule.”

As part of the process of becoming certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, the district has installed four charging stations for electrical vehicles that will be made available for staff members who drive electric vehicles.

Mr. Hauser said because the charging stations charge vehicles slowly, the cost per day would be minimal.