Summer construction at Woodbury High School will improve science program

Monday, June 06, 2011
by Rob Scott/Gloucester County Times

WOODBURY — A $440,000 construction project at Woodbury Junior-Senior High School this summer will dramatically improve the junior high’s science program.

The school board awarded a contract to Pennsauken-based Newport Construction to begin work at the high school this summer to a design by Garrison Architects of Marlton.

Business Administrator Kara Huber said the science labs used by the school’s seventh and eighth-grade students are in need of serious upgrades.

“They’re basically just a couple cabinets and a counter and a sink,” she said. “They’re definitely not up to today’s standards.”

Huber said the district has a prioritized list of construction projects and improving the labs has been on the list for years, but it took a while to get around to it because they’re “probably the most expensive classrooms to update.”

Superintendent Joseph Jones said the rest of the construction will primarily involve moving the junior high’s main office to make it more accessible.

Currently the office is “tucked away in a hallway,” he said. “You wouldn’t be able to find it.”

The new office space will combine the assistant principal’s and guidance counselor’s offices.

Huber said the district awarded the project to Newport after a highly competitive bidding process in which they received bids from 17 contractors.

“We were very, very pleased with what we ended up getting (in terms of the price),” she said.

Jones said the district has a multi-year construction plan and appropriates money nearly every year for projects.

Huber said the construction will begin some time after school lets out and should be completed by the time school begins in the fall.

“That’s what we always hope. You always have these issues that arise that you don’t expect,” she said. “A lot of this is dealing with an old building.”

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