Lawrence BOE picks contractor for new wing of school

Monday, May 10, 2010
By Jean Jones

LAWRENCE TWP. - The school board on Thursday selected a primary contractor for construction of its new wing at the Myron L. Powell School.

DDL, of Toms River, was the low bidder at $4,526,100.

There were 10 bidders, with a high bid of $5,755,000. The state will pay 62 percent of the $6.5 million cost and the project will be funded partly by a $2.2 million bond issue.

Actual design of the new space by Garrison Architects began as soon as the money was assured.

Increased construction of residential facilities in the township, plus the sale of old homes to younger families with children, has stretched the capacity of the school to the bursting point.

Two trailer classrooms have been added to accommodate the growing school population. The addition will house three classrooms for the preschool program and renovate space for kindergarten, special education and small group instruction.

Teachers no longer will have to share classrooms. A new elevator and ramps will make the school handicapped accessible.The new space will house existing programs and teachers, but will require new furniture.



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