State and local officials announced today that roofing projects in
six Long Branch schools are at or near completion and architects have
been chosen to design the new elementary school, middle school and high
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Executive Director Caren
Franzini and Senator Joseph Palaia joined Long Branch Superintendent
Joseph M. Ferraina and Mayor Adam Schneider at the Elberon Elementary
School to give an update on school construction progress made in the
district under the Educational Facilities and Construction Act. Under
the law, EDA is responsible for the construction and financing for school
construction in the state's 30 special needs Abbott districts, following
approval by the Department of Education.
"As the school construction program moves forward around the state,
Long Branch stands as an example of how state and local officials can
successfully work together to provide safe, quality schools for our
children," said Franzini. "I am very proud of the progress
made in Long Branch which is demonstrated - literally - by the new roof
over our heads today."
Roofing projects at the Elberon Elementary School, Lenna W. Conrow Elemenatary
School, Gregory Elementary School have been completed, and roofing work
at the Audrey W. Clark Elementary will be completed by December 14.
Roofing at the Long Branch High School is 60 percent complete, and roofing
at the Long Branch Middle School is 50 percent complete. Both projects
are scheduled to be complete by the end of January. . The new roofing
at the Conrow, Gregory and Clark schools was designed by Garrison
Architects of Mount Laurel and constructed by Knight Contracting
of Clarksburg. Bovis Lend Lease of Princeton is the project management
firm overseeing the Long Branch roofing projects.
"All children deserve the best, and Long Branch Public Schools'
children will soon have the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art
facilities thanks to the State of New Jersey Department of Education
and the EDA," said Superintendent Ferraina. "Today's global
economy demands that we graduate students who are technologically savvy,
adept at problem solving and able to compete in a work environment that
requires exceptional organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
and set and achieve goals. To insure that we can do our jobs properly,
school facilities need to reflect the demands of our times."