Tuckerton Elementary Construction Nearing Completion

Mercury Vapors Are Nonexistent Since Gym Floor Is Vinyl
Jan 31, 2018
Members of the Tuckerton Board of Education and administration pose in front of the library mural painted by art teacher Lisa Lucariello of children’s book characters. (From left) board member Renee Gioello, TES Principal Siobhan Grayson, board President Trisha Horner and TES Superintendent Janet Gangemi.

The Tuckerton Elementary School has no mercury vapor problem with its gym floor. The new floor is vinyl, said Facilities Director Brian Mathis during the Jan. 29 board of education meeting.

Superintendent and Business Administrator Janet Gangemi said the Tuckerton school administration had been contacted by the Little Egg Harbor School District to see how Tuckerton was handling the problem and was able to tell the neighboring district it did not have a problem. The rubberized gym floor at the Frog Pond Elementary School in Little Egg is being monitored for mercury vapors.

The ongoing construction project at Tuckerton Elementary included improvements to the gym. Gangemi and Mathis met with MJJ Construction Co. and its contractors on Jan. 18 and are going over the final punch list of items to be finished. “They are finishing up some of the wiring and the elevator,” said Gangemi. “We’re very close, but we don’t have a (finish) date yet.”

The school had to postpone its open house but was able to invite parents to a Science Night last week in which 72 students and parents viewed the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lab.

The board approved establishing a “share table” for the school cafeteria that will cut down on food waste. Gangemi said she had seen the idea in other schools. The children who are approved for reduced or free school lunches are required by federal law to take a food selection from each food group – a vegetable, protein and fruit – but many do not eat all the food and it winds up in the garbage. Instead of wasting the food, a share table of unwrapped food items will be set up and children will be instructed to put wrapped food items there instead of in the garbage. Students who may want the items may take them. Food from home will not be on the share table, she said.

Principal Siobhan Grayson gave a report of all the school activities since December and said the hat and mitten collection by the student council had been a huge success. Students also enjoyed an after-school ceramics class, and their works were exhibited in the media center. Art teacher Lisa Lucariello was praised for her mural on the wall of the media center that illustrates some characters from favorite children’s books.

The board voted to spend $4,750 for the purchase and installation of a flagpole from East Coast Flag in Beachwood; $3,000 will be recouped from the contractor.

The next school board meeting is Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. in the media center—P.J.

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