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Jul 2, 2019 2:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Springs Breaks Ground On Long Awaited Septic System

The Springs School broke ground on their long-awaited septic system on July 1.  COURTESY DEBRA WINTER
Jul 2, 2019 3:34 PM

The Springs School broke ground on a long-awaited new nitrogen reducing septic system on Monday.

“This is a very special day for Springs School—one that so many people have envisioned for at least the last five years,” Superintendent Debra Winter said in a speech on July 1. “This capital project is about equity, ensuring every student and staff member are under one roof.”

Currently, the Springs School has approximately 720 students enrolled in a school that was originally built to house only 400 students, adding extra strain to the existing septic tank. The school is in close proximity to bodies of water such as Pussy’s Pond, which leads to Accabonac Harbor, which is likely causing nitrogen from the septic tank to flow into the nearby watersheds.

In March 2018, district residents approved the $22.96 million expansion plan, which will add more than 23,000 square feet of space to the main school building, along with installing a new septic system. The state is contributing $1.3 million for the new septic system.

Chris Weiss from H2M architects and engineers has agreed to teach students how the new nitrogen-reducing system works and how it will benefit the school and nearby watersheds.

Ms. Winter said in her speech that the district looks forward to working with Stony Brook Clean Water Technology and the East Hampton Town Natural Resources Department to collect data about the new system’s effect on local waters.

For the last two years, the Springs School has been working with BBS architects, Kevin Walsh, Jim Weydig, John Longo and Greg O’Connor on the expansion and renovation project.

The entire expansion and renovation is slated to include seven new classrooms, a new gymnasium, new roofing, parking lot renovations, work on existing classrooms and electrical work. It is starting this summer and is expected to take two years.

On June 3, Grimes Construction began clearing trees off Old Stone Highway behind the Springs Youth Association building. A new road will be used as a construction road for the next two years and then become the school’s new car line, where students are dropped off and picked up from school each day.

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