The portable classrooms that will soon serve Wilton’s primary grade students went for a ride Thursday, Aug. 20, as they were put in place on the Miller-Driscoll campus.
The portables will be outfitted just like regular classrooms with not only desks, but lockers, cabinetry, white boards, SMARTboards and whatever else is needed to make students feel at home. They will be fully heated and have plumbing.
The six classrooms will be attached to the main classroom wing by a corridor extension that is under construction.
Students — second graders only — will begin using the portable classrooms when they return from the winter holiday recess on Monday, Jan. 4.
According to comments made by members of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee at its meeting on Aug. 19, there will be opportunities for people to view the units before students begin using them.
The video above shows how the units were lifted from the delivery site and onto concrete footings that extend three feet underground. Skirting will be added. Most of the units contain half of two classrooms with a hallway in between.
The portable units were delivered from Middletown, Conn., by ModSpace, which submitted a bid of $747,000, $46,000 under budget according to Turner Construction manager Ty Tregellas. The interiors were designed by the architectural firm Tai Soo Kim.
The portable units are part of the $50-million renovation of Miller-Driscoll school on Wolfpit Road, which will involve the demolition of a pod of classrooms.
After the renovation, the school will have 45 classrooms with a plant to accommodate 880 students during any given school year. The pre-K program would encompass five classrooms that would be able to serve as many as 96 children.
Presently, Miller-Driscoll serves approximately 800 students in kindergarten through second grade plus about 80 preschool students. The principal is Cheryl Jensen-Gerner; assistant principals are Dr. Sheelah Brown and Jeremy Cross.