East Greenwich school board begins plans for construction

Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 4:00 AM
By Rebecca Forand/Gloucester County Times

EAST GREENWICH TWP. — The school board has taken the first steps to get the ball rolling on a massive building expansion project by hiring a construction company and passing a resolution determining the bond parameters.

East Greenwich, one of the fastest growing towns in New Jersey, has seen its school population increasing exponentially, while the most recent census shows more than 800 children under kindergarten age living in the town.

In September the kindergarten through sixth-grade district passed a referendum vote to add new classrooms to the district’s two elementary schools, Samuel Mickle and Jeffrey Clark, in order to make more room for the incoming student population. Planning and design for the improvements is by Garrison Architects of Marlton.

In the months since the election, the school board has interviewed and seen presentations from multiple construction companies, and hired New Road Construction to head the project, and on Wednesday the board voted to approve a resolution that sets the form and details of a $16 million bond which will be put up for auction January 12.

“We’re on a very fast, aggressive track,” said Superintendent Joseph Conroy. “We’re on schedule and I think the key issue will be the next step on the twelfth.”

The bond form voted on Wednesday shows a principle payment schedule of 23 years. When the referendum was passed it was expected to have an annual tax impact of $200 per year on the average assessed home of $176,500 in the township, However East Greenwich has recently undergone a property reassessment, which could change that figure.

The project is on track to be completed by September of 2013, and in order to do so the district has been aggressive with making a timeline and sticking with it.

Requests for proposals for a general contractor are expected in February, with an appointment to come shortly afterwards and ground breaking is scheduled in early April.

“I’m excited to get started,” said Board of Education President Adele Gallagher. “This is the first step.”

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