Moorestown wraps up referendum work ahead of the school year

by Kelly Kultys, Staff Writer on August 10, 2017

MOORESTOWN — It's been almost three years since voters approved nearly $43 million in improvements in the school district, as designed by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr, and officials can finally see the finish line.

Moorestown Schools wrap up referendum work ahead of school yearThe Upper Elementary School in Moorestown received the bulk of the construction work this summer from the district's referendum, which was approved in 2014. The school received a new roof, HVAC systems and theater upgrades (File Photo)


Rob Notley, of New Road Construction, the construction manager for the projects, updated the Board of Education on Tuesday on the progress, telling officials that the work is on schedule. The upgrades all stem from a $42.9 million referendum approved by voters in September 2014.

Most of the projects still in progress have a scheduled completion date of Aug. 18 or 25.

Three sets of theater upgrades at the Upper Elementary School, William Allen Middle School and Moorestown High School are the only projects slated for a September finish.

The middle school theater will still be undergoing minor work when students return on Sept. 5, Notley said. The work is expected to be finished by Sept. 15.

"We will have the auditorium and the front of the stage ready for the first week of school," he said.

In this phase of the construction, the George C. Baker Elementary School received new boilers and the Mary E. Roberts Elementary School got upgrades to its hot water system.

"The Upper Elementary School is the school we have the most going on at this summer," Notley said.

The school's roof is being replaced, with an anticipated completion date of Aug. 22. Theater upgrades will continue until Sept. 1, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system improvements will be finished by Aug. 18.

New boilers were also installed at the Allen school, and paving work will be completed by Aug. 25.

The district is also in the process of updating its traffic loop at the school, according to Superintendent Scott McCartney.

Parents of middle schoolers will enter the parking lot off Stanwick Road at what was previously the school exit. This will allow them to pull up to the front of the school with the passenger side of the car against the curb, McCartney said.

Paving is also underway at the high school and is almost complete, Notley said. The theater upgrades are expected to be finished Sept. 8.

The district will tweak its traffic pattern at the high school as well, similar to the middle school. Information will be going out to parents soon, McCartney said. District officials and staff members will be stationed near the entrances for the first few days to help alleviate confusion.

About $5.2 million of the total referendum will go to athletic complex enhancements, including a turf field, as well as the new high school theater and paving at several schools. Most of the athletic facilities were finished in the summer of 2015.

 

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