Southern Board of Education Opts Not to Spend Extra to Replace Doors

Feb 15, 2017

During its last meeting, the Southern Regional Board of Education had to make a decision whether to replace 93 interior doors in the 9/10 building. But there was one slight hangup – the bids for the work came in too high.

After board member Marilyn Wasilewski motioned to reject the three bids on Feb. 8, the discussion was brief and to the point.

“We had budgeted a certain amount and the bids came in at over $200,000 in excess of what we had budgeted,” said Superintendent Craig Henry during the meeting. “We would rather put that money toward the roof project coming up in the summer, which is a much more urgent project at this time.”

The district had appropriated $319,224 to replace the interior doors inside the 9/10 building, but the minimum bid that had come in was $530,000. The other two were for $542,217 and $632,465.

Henry said after the meeting that he and Business Administrator Steve Terhune believed it was best to save the excess that could have gone to the doors project in case it is needed to help fund the more expansive project of replacing the roof on the building.

“We don’t have the bids for the roof project yet, but they should be coming in soon,” Henry said. “And it’s most likely that those bids are going to be higher than we anticipate as well. So, we’d rather keep that money for now, and then we’ll revisit the door project later. We’ll take care of the bigger project first and then see what happens from there.”

Also during the meeting, the board recognized some outstanding achievements by nine middle school students, as they successfully auditioned for the 40th annual All-South Jersey Junior High Honors Band. Music instructor Andrew Wright presented the students for recognition before the board.

“Over 300 student musicians from South Jersey applied and prepared individual auditions consisting of technical, studies, sight-reading and a solo piece of music in their instruments’ standard repertoire,” Wright explained. “Our students had spent months preparing these auditions, utilizing the skills learned in our middle school band classes, along with the guidance of their lesson teachers both here at Southern as well as those they study with privately.”

Wright said the students selected to the All-South Jersey Band will perform under guest conductors on Sunday, March 5, at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township.

“The honor of being selected for these ensembles is celebrated by their parents, teachers and peers,” Wright said. “We are very proud of the talent and hard work that went into this accomplishment and congratulate them on their success.”

The students recognized were Brooke Boyd (trumpet), Nathaniel Kwiatkowski (trombone), Daniel Materazzi (baritone sax), Joshua Panaro (bass clarinet), Amanda Rutkowski (alto sax), Samuel Schradin (keyboard percussion), Abigail Steichen (trumpet), Christina Tussel (tuba) and Steven Tussel (trumpet).

— David Biggy

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