Eagleswood Elementary School Begins Work on AdditionRenovation of Existing Building Postponed to June 2017
Eagleswood Elementary School’s major renovation and expansion project is set to begin Monday, Oct. 10, school Principal and district Superintendent Deb Snyder announced at the Eagleswood Township municipal meeting of Sept. 24. The bid was awarded Sept. 8 to Franco Mechanical.
Back in March, voters approved two referendum questions totaling $4.4 million for vital repairs and upgrades to the 47-year-old building. Forty percent of the $2.8 million project outlined in the first ballot question will be funded by the state. Question 2 makes up the other $1.6 million, with 20 percent state funded.
For the duration of the 15-month project, the traffic pattern will be similar to what it was when students from Beach Haven Elementary School were there after Superstorm Sandy, Snyder said.
For the rest of this school year, the bulk of the work will be on the small addition on the south end of the building. Next summer, the work will focus on the original building – a new heating and cooling system and kitchen upgrades.
The original plan was to get the kitchen work done over this past summer, Snyder noted, but it ended up being more economical to bundle it with the other interior work.
In order to accomplish it all with as little impact as possible on students, the school year is scheduled to end a bit earlier than normal, on June 8, 2017 (barring makeup days for snow closures), and begin next year a few days later than normal, on Monday, Sept. 11. —V.F.