Little Egg Harbor proposes $7.9 million expansion to Mitchell School
By ROB SPAHR Staff Writer, 609-978-2012
Published: Wednesday, March 05, 2008
LITTLE EGG HARBOR
TOWNSHIP - In 2006 voters agreed to give the Little Egg Harbor Township
School District $150,000 to remove temporary classroom space, which
were relocatable trailers that had outlasted their life expectancy by
more than decade.
In December 2006, voters approved $17.7 million to renovate both of the district's schools, including the $150,000 needed to remove the 23-year-old trailers. But at the same time, the voters rejected an accompanying $17.8 million bond proposal to build a new school.
workers Anthony Ray (left)
and John Hydock build the form for a
ramp at the entrance of the George J.
Mitchell Elementary School on Rt. 539
in Little Egg Harbor Twp.
Tuesday March 4,2008
Staff photo by Bill Gross
Under the new proposal, $7.9 million would go to construct 14 additional classrooms, a new science lab and to extend parts of the multi-purpose room, all at the Mitchell school.
According to Superintendent Frank Kasyan, the school district has a five-year window to remove the temporary classrooms, but the need to provide additional classroom space is much more pressing.
The school's capacity
is listed at 1,435, but it is currently operating with 1,680 students,
Kasyan said. Demographic studies the district collected show that number
could balloon to more than 1,900 by the end of 2009 and skyrocket again
if the state requires the district to provide full-day preschool for
3-and 4- year olds by 2014, he said.
is about providing students an excellent curriculum, proper air and
the right space to learn in," Kasyan said. "We've already
had the curriculum and right now the renovations are underway to provide
the proper air. Now we just need to provide the students with the right
type of space to learn in."