Kingsway takes next steps toward construction
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 4:00 AM
By Rebecca Forand/Gloucester County Times Gloucester County Times
More than $22 million in bonds will be sold in an online auction Jan. 18 at 11 a.m.
This is the latest step on the timeline toward a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the both the middle and high schools for the Kingsway district.
"We have very definitive milestones we're trying to hit, and we've hit them all," said Kingsway Superintendent Jim Lavender.
Kingsway passed a bond referendum in September enabling the addition of 41 classrooms to its two schools as well as to expand the gymnasiums and cafeterias, as designed by Garrison Architects of Marlton, to accommodate a population boom in the municipalities included in the regional district.
Of the $31.1 million project, $8.4 million will be covered by state grants and the remainder will be covered by the bonds, for which the district hopes to secure a low rate in the auction.
Since the plan was approved by voters, Kingsway staff has been working to keep the project on track for a planned September 2013 opening. To meet that goal, Lavender said, all milestones must be met on time and construction must begin in April as planned.
In addition to preparing the bonds for sale, the district has recently met with the Woolwich Township Joint Land Use Board where the project's plans and specifications for construction were approved.
"It's another step in an aggressive series," Lavender said. "We're getting ready to finalize the specs now."
The Kingsway district hosts grades 7 through 12 for East Greenwich, South Harrison, Swedesboro and Woolwich students along with Logan Township students from 9th through 12th grade.
According to district
officials, Kingsway's population is currently at capacity for its two
schools, with a total of approximately 2,300 students. A recent demographic
study estimates the population reaching more than 3,100 by 2014.