Delran to solicit bids for middle, high school security upgrades
|Burlington County Times November 26, 2018 by Lisa Ryan|
The Delran Township School District plans to go out to bid for the first of its security projects funded through the county’s new school security initiative, as well as capital improvements. Garrison Architects is the Architect of Record for the District.
DELRAN — The Delran Township School District plans to go out to bid by mid-January on two security projects, one of which will be funded through the county’s new school security initiative.
The district will use funds from a roughly $902,000 county grant to create a $340,282 security vestibule with the rest of the money going towards updating outdoor lighting and other security improvements at Delran High School, district officials said.
Superintendent Brian Brotschul said the district applied for funding to complete projects suggested by county-approved architects.
The district also plans to take about $250,000 from its $1.3 million in capital reserves to build a vestibule at its middle school, according to its website.
The goal is to have a vestibule at all four district schools, Brotschul said.
“It’s been a topic of discussion and priority for the (Board of Education) for a long time now,” he said.
At the township’s elementary schools, vestibules have provided better vetting and management of visitors, officials said.
After awarding the bids, the district hopes to begin construction on both vestibules in June and have each finished in August before students come back to school, Brotschul said.
The district was awarded its grant from a $20 million pool of funding created this summer by the county’s Board of Freeholders to fund security improvements at all 21 public high schools in the county. Grants are being awarded on a rolling, first-come, first-serve basis in order to fund upgrades as quickly as possible.
Pemberton Township High School was the first to receive its award of $1.2 million in early October. The other seven approvals include: