Wenonah school on brink of renewal


Thursday, April 08, 2004 By Regina Schaffer rschaffer@sjnewsco.com

WENONAH -- With a firm now secured to renovate and expand the century-old Wenonah Elementary School, construction is expected to begin in a few weeks, district officials said.

Business Administrator Edgar Keepers said the district has awarded a bid to Straga Brothers Inc., of Glassboro to take on the $3.5 million in renovations. Voters approved a bond referendum to finance $2.7 million of the work in September. Garrison Architects of Mount Laurel developed the design.

The project will include a number of capital improvements, including the addition of two new classrooms and a transition to full-day kindergarten. Several infrastructure improvements -- including upgraded fire alarm systems, improved handicapped accessibility and new exterior doors -- are also planned.

Keepers said work will likely begin as soon as the next two weeks, with the partitioning off of the current multi-purpose room to start building a stage and complete outside work.

The board of education has also hired a construction manager to oversee the project, according to the district's Web site. Will Royster will working on behalf of the board to inspect materials and keep contractors on schedule.

The project is expected to take about 16 months, Keepers said, hopefully completed by August or September of 2005.

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