SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – An update on referendum projects currently being done throughout the district was presented at the South Plainfield Board of Education’s (SPBOE) March 13 meeting. At this time, Bill Seesselberg, a member of the district’s referendum review committee, provided details and also discussed the status of the district’s new field house. 

In late February, the approximately 45-year-old field house at the district’s Jost Field Athletic Complex – located just off of Avon Avenue behind the PAL – was demolished and excavation and construction of a new facility began soon after. The new field house, said Seesselberg, will be roughly double the size of the old one and have both street and field access; visitor and home team locker rooms each with a coaches’ room; ADA compliant restrooms and family restrooms; storage; and training areas. Around the site, trees removed during the demo and construction will be replaced and landscaping will be updated. 

(Note: the artwork on the building featured in the rendering is subject to change with the final design to be determined by the administration and the athletic department closer to completion.)

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According to Seesselberg, Jost Field will be open this summer during construction with restrictions; while residents will still be able to access the track, there will be limited access points to enter the field with access only available from the home side bleachers. Restroom facilities, he said, will be provided through Porta-Johns at the site. 

“Substantial completion is scheduled for Aug. 1 with final completion scheduled for Aug. 30,” said Sessselberg, adding, “These dates may be revised due to weather delays and permit and inspection requirements.”

Along with the new field house construction, additional referendum projects are currently under way and/or set to begin shortly. At Franklin, Grant, Kennedy, and Riley schools, completion of HVAC upgrades and bathroom projects will continue through the summer months and should be complete by late September with the window replacement project a South Plainfield Middle School also expected to follow the same timeline. 

“All of the projects are within the original funding approved by the public in the March [2017] referendum,” said Seesselberg.

Due to these projects, added Seesselberg, both the borough’s summer recreation program and the district’s extended school year program will be held at Roosevelt Elementary School while Title 1 programs and the proposed tuition-based summer music program currently under development review will take place at South Plainfield High School.  

The South Plainfield School District’s Referendum Review Committee currently includes Seesselberg and resident Chere Glover, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Noreen Lishak and Business Administrator Alex Benanti, BOE President Doug Chapman, BOE Vice President Tom Cassio, and BOE member Jim Giannakis along with James Damato, special counsel to the BOE. 

The next BOE meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the information center at South Plainfield High School. The public is welcome to attend.

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