• CVS Cafetorium & Existing Cafeteria Conversion
    (3 Classrooms & 1 SGI)

    Background: When C.V. Starr Intermediate School was originally constructed in 1998, the building excluded a large meeting space (auditorium) and included a cafeteria that was not sufficient to accommodate an entire grade.  These deficiencies present significant scheduling and supervision challenges when developing student schedules based on meal serving restrictions, rather than programmatic needs.

    Project Highlights: Cafetorium Addition of 13,400 sq ft & Existing Cafeteria Renovation

    • Cafetorium to act as cafeteria with capacity for an entire grade or as an auditorium with capacity for over 500 seats
    • Flexible space on the stage to operate as a Music Room for instrumental lessons, chorus, or general music classes
    • Includes additional student lavatories, kitchen, offices, and storage
    • Construction efficiency: foundation would be reinforced in order to accommodate a second floor classroom addition in the future, if ever necessary
    • Construction efficiency: flexibility provided by Cafetorium stage equipped with foldable partition, which allows for operation as one (1) Music classroom
    • Converts the existing Cafeteria into two (2) classrooms and one (1) Small Group Instruction (SGI) room

    Educational Benefit: The Cafetorium addition and conversion of the existing cafeteria would allow CVS to:

    • Reduce class sizes by recovering two (2) full-sized classrooms from the existing cafeteria conversion and one (1) Music Classroom through flexible-use stage design
    • Host concerts, grade-level assemblies, and programs without interfering or conflicting with WMS activities
    • Support large-space adaptive physical education classes and team learning activities
    • Provide for the repurposing of an existing Music classroom, which would further reduce class sizes and/or be used for reading/math interventionists and OT/PT (if Cafetorium stage is used for Music instruction)

    Financial Profile: Depending on the nature of the work performed, the cost of the project will be financed by a capital improvement bond repaid over a period of 15-20 years.  Similar to a home mortgage, this spreads the payment out over the useful life of the improvements and minimizes the impact on the taxpayer.

  • **This amount is further offset by the extinguishment of existing debt.  Proposition I is TAX NEUTRAL, as presented at the December 13th Board of Education Meeting.  Information was prepared in consultation with the District’s fiscal advisors (Capital Markets Advisors, LLC), architects (Fuller & D’Angelo Architects, PC), and construction managers (Triton Construction, LLP).

    Presentations/discussions will resume in November 2022 at public Board of Education meetings and workshops.  It is at the Board of Education’s sole discretion as to which projects are considered to move forward in formulating the final scope of the Capital Improvement Project bond referendum.  It is anticipated that the Board of Education will adopt a resolution authorizing a Capital Improvement Project bond referendum at its Tuesday, January 24, 2023 meeting.  The community would then be asked to vote on the bond on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.


    Contributors:  Maggie Andriello (BCSD), Paul Stellacci (BCSD), Kristin Cacal (Community)