BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- School budgets pay the basics of staff, facilities and programs, but donations often supplement and add niceties for Bernards Township schools. Over the last 15 months, the Board of Education has accepted more than $200,000 from groups for specific projects.
At the Sept. 23 meeting, the board accepted a donation from the William Annin PTO for $3,523.80 in wishlist items. That would be such things as money for a person to come and speak, or for a student/parent dinner, Chromebooks, T-shirts or headphones, said Superintendent Nick Markarian by email.
Also on Sept. 23, the board approved $3,000 donation from the Bernards Parents for Exceptional Children for the William Annin Summer Fun program for the 2019 extended school year program.
On Sept. 9 the board accepted a donation for the Ridge High School Band Association trailer repairs with an estimated value of $3,627 to be constructed and paid for by the Ridge Marching Band.
On July 22 the board accepted a donation of a lacrosse wall with an estimated value of $75,000 to be constructed and paid for by Ridge Lacrosse Inc. and Girls Ridge Lacrosse. But, after developing the scope of work further, the estimates came in around two to three times the original budget, said Board Member Tim Salmon at the Oct. 28 meeting.
The wall was planned for a mutually agreed-upon site proposed to be east of the home stands at Lee Field at Ridge High School, subject to district review and approval of final site plans. The wall is proposed as 30 feet long by 12 feet high and meant for practice on both sides.
Any engineering costs would be covered by the donation.
“For now, the lacrosse wall project is on hold while the Boosters look for other location and build-style options,” Salmon said.
The board also accepted a $6,600 donation July 22 from the Ridge High School PTO to paint the cafeteria at Ridge High.
On Aug. 26 the board accepted a donation for the Ridge High School concession stand upgrades with an estimated value of $10,775.22 to be constructed and paid for by the Ridge Touchdown Club, Ridge Runners Track Team, Ridge Marching Band and the Ridge Booster Club.
On May 13 a $56,647 donation was accepted from the Oak Street School PTO for a new playground in the rear of the school.
On March 25 the board accepted a $4,025donation from the Ridge High School Class of 2019 and the Ridge High School PTO to install a sign on the back brick wall of the school.
At same meeting, a $4,950 donation was accepted from the William Annin Middle School PTO toward the water refill stations.
On Jan. 28, the board approved fund raising by the Liberty Corner School PTO to resurface the basketball court and supply and install associated equipment and accessories. The PTO will raise the funds necessary to complete the project in full.
On Jan. 28, the board reaffirmed a $7,000 donation, originally approved Nov. 26, from the Bernards Parents of Exceptional Children toward the purchase of laptops for William Annin Middle School and Ridge High School students to work on skills in academic support classes.
Also, the William Annin Middle School PTO gave $6,000 for a few items: $2,275 for iPods (learning resources), $1,880 for initial set up items for vocational education, $1,050 for cornhole game sets for physical education, $179 for 3-dimensional pens (WAMS markerspace) and $169 for Word Warm Ups (literacy support).
On Dec. 17 the board accepted a $5,000 donation from the WAMS PTO to buy a laser cutter.
In July 2018 the board accepted a $22,900 donation from the Cedar Hill School PTO to buy new round cafeteria tables and stools.
At the same meeting it accepted a $7,791.50 donation from the William Annin Middle School PTO to buy a $5,000 new stage and auditorium lighting board in the amount of $5,000 and flexible seating for $2,791.51.
In August 2018 the board agreed to a $17,000 donation from the Liberty Corner School PTO for the purchase and installation of an outdoor water fountain.
At the same meeting, the board amended a donation, originally accepted July 23, from the Oak Street School PTO from $5,000 to $5,475 for the purchase of new bottle-filler water fountains.
On Sept. 24, 2018, from the William Annin Middle School PTO gave $10,000 to the United Way Culture and Climate Initiative. The board also received a $4,150 donation from the Ridge Touchdown Club for new snack shack speakers and a new amplifier.