Egg Harbor school district seeks bids for preschool classrooms
LITTLE EGG HARBOR - The township elementary school district will advertise for bids for a freestanding prefabricated building that will house the proposed early childhood learning center.
The prefab building, which will feature 14 classrooms, is expected to be completed by the next school year on the site of George J. Mitchell School on Route 539.
The district is in the same factor group as the former Abbott school districts and is required by the state to provide a full-day preschool for a thorough and efficient education.
The district has been planning the expansion of early childhood education for the past 2 1/2 years, Schools Superintendent Frank Kasyan said.
The earlier concept of actually constructing a building on site was jettisoned because of financial constraints.
"We have several plans that we looked at," Kasyan said. "We've gone from 26 classrooms down to 14, because this is all we can afford."
Kasyan said the district has no plans to add early childhood education facilities if preschool enrollment increases beyond capacity.
"Any expansion, we'll have to partner with the community," he said. "We're going to have to rely on local preschool program providers. We'll have to partner with some."
Bids for the current project will be due at 3:30 p.m. March 16, and Kasyan said the administration and Board of Education are hoping that the bids come in under budget for a lease-purchase plan funded by the state.
"We have allotted $2 million for five years, which is going to cost the district a little less than a half a million year," he said. "We are taking that money out of preschool funding from the state allotment for preschool, so it will not cost the taxpayers any increase in their local school tax."
Garrison Architects of Marlton will be the architect and engineer.
The plan will be presented to the township Planning Board at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the township building, 665 Radio Road.