BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Oak Street School Parent-Teacher Organization has raised and donated $35,000 to the school district to "refresh" the auditorium in the Oak School Elementary school, which dates back to the 1930s and is the second-oldest elementary school in Bernards Township.

The donation was formally accepted, with thanks from school officials, at last week's Board of Education meeting.

Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said most of the work to be done later this summer will involve painting, draperies, and redoing panels at the end of the aisles of seats. Markarian said the auditorium's sturdy wooden seats will not be replaced as part of the project.

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Board Member Linda Wooldridge also reported that the HVAC system upgrades underway at Oak Street School are progressing on schedule, and work is expected to be done by the time school opens in September.

The contract for the project was issued to Thassian Mechanical contractors for $1,403,000, according to the school business administrator's office. The HVAC project's cost is due to be covered 40 percent by NJ School Development Authority grants, according to information from the school district.