BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Discussion and a vote to draft plans for an expansion of Ridge High School are expected at Monday’s meeting of the Bernards Township Board of Education.
Architect Anthony Catana won’t attend the meeting, but Superintendent Nick Markarian said in an email Friday that the board will look at approving Catana to draft design and bid documents.
Also on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the high school’s Performing Arts Center, is a vote on ratification of the negotiated three-year contract with staff represented by the Bernards Township Education Association.
Also scheduled are presentations by administrators on the Ridge Gives Back program and another by students on the Project Citizen program.
Board member Timothy Salmon said May 6 the idea of a two-story addition behind the 700 wing was preferred option among the ideas described by Catana at an April 17 facilities committee meeting.
In the suggested location, an addition would not take any field or parking lot space, and could conceivably use an existing stairwell, sparing some expense, Salmon said. Another plus is that the site is adjacent to a parking lot for deliveries, he said.
The district is looking for ways to create room to be able to change the school-day schedule.
Elliot Merenbloom, an expert in school scheduling, said in December that Ridge High lacks the classroom and cafeteria space to allow a block schedule to be implemented now.
The school is investigating some sort of schedule with fewer, but longer, class periods per day. Classes would be rotated so students wouldn’t take every subject every day.
The school currently runs on nine 42-minute periods.
A revised class-period schedule would mean students would eat lunch at the same time, something not now possible. Lunch for the 1,800-plus students and about 250 staffers is spread over five 42-minute periods because the cafeteria has a seating capacity of 437.