Gateway Board seeks Renovations Vote


Friday, August 01, 2003
By Brian Arrington

WOODBURY HEIGHTS -- Residents may be asked to vote on $15 million in renovations to Gateway Regional High School before the end of the year.

A task force of residents has recommended the Board of Education consider a December referendum calling for $14.7 million in renovations to the school as designed by Garrison Architects of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Bala Cynwyd, Pa..

The task force determined more space and equipment for the science and technology programs, roof repair, heating and air conditioning upgrades, new flooring and additional security systems are needed in the school.
The board will hear the plan Aug. 13 and vote Sept. 10. If it passes, the measure may be voted on by residents Dec. 9, said Superintendent Joyce Stumpo.

The group, comprised of residents from National Park, Wenonah, Westville and Woodbury Heights, has been meeting periodically since June 30 to assess the needs of the only school in the district, according to Business Administrator Edgar Keepers.

"What we've worked hard to do is assess the needs and the deficiencies in our building," Stumpo said. "We've tried very hard to take into good consideration all of the stake holders (teachers, taxpayers, students and parents) in considering this proposal."

The project's $14.7 million price tag could be offset by $5.3 million in state aid, which Stumpo said would reduce local taxes. The exact impact on local taxes will not be known until the final project cost and state aid is calculated.

Further details of the plan will be released in the future through fact sheets, newsletters and public hearings.

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