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West Long Branch School Improvements On Schedule

WEST LONG BRANCH: At the Board of Education Workshop meeting on Feb. 21 progress was reviewed on the energy/efficiency referendum approved in the special election last year.

Status of the program was reported to the President Brian Kramer, all 7 Board members (Mrs. Arvanitis, Cavanaugh, Cistaro, Ms. Gassman, Mrs. Haggling, McLaughlin, Skellingr, and Dr. Christopher) and Superintendent Tom Farrell by Messer's Bill Papalardo, (JBA Architecture and Consulting), and Dennis Kapsaskis (Jay Shapiro and Associates) as part of the continuing updating as progress is achieved.

The status was "On schedule" with some relatively minor deviations from detailed schedule efforts. As work is performed some variation from planned and anticipated come about. There are no show stoppers, financially nor technology-wise. Some detail decisions will be made as that phase of the program is reached.

As a reminder to readers, the program was started as a necessary, not a nice to do, as voters realized in approving the program. Benefits will come from reduction in operations and utility costs; a better learning environment; a better teaching environment; and many fewer lost school days due to potential system failures

To recap the program, all new heating and air conditioning systems will be installed in both Betty McElmon and Frank Antonides. A new computer based building management system gets installed, and new corridor doors will replace those in there now. The two science labs will be replaced, addressing changes in technology as progress in those teaching areas move ahead. Grounds improvements for outdoor school work and recreation will be accomplished, for safety and modernizing

Benefits for taxpayers also come from keeping property values up as present and future resident home buyers will realize. The program willbring tax savings in future years from more cost efficiency in school operations

The Board members fully understand the essential nature and effectiveness of the modernizations and improvements. They collectively participated in discussion with Mr. Papalardo as he presented a pictorial and graphical review. An area of particular input for the members was the outdoor recreational areas, with safety and functionality prime. The suggestions will be incorporated a detailed design is accomplished, with further reviews upcoming.

The meeting covered other items of financial and personnel matters. One subject discussed was the possible need for added security hours and assigned individual to work that area of coverage for the school day. The need is still under review with a decision possibly forthcoming at next week's BOE Public meeting.

More to follow.


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