Education

Downstairs Bathrooms at ALJ H.S. Get Improvements

4fcdcdf5436742465492_alj_bathroom.jpg
New bathrooms at Arthur L Johnson High School Credits: Kelly Vena
4fcdcdf5436742465492_alj_bathroom.jpg

CLARK, NJ - While students and teachers soaked up the summer sun during the months of July and August, a crew of contractors and plumbers were redoing Arthur L. Johnson High School's most infamous rooms: the downstairs bathrooms.

“One of the biggest concerns that came out of the Middle States survey that students took two years ago was the dissatisfaction of the condition of the bathrooms,” Principal Richard Delmonaco explained. “Which is why they were selected to be improved.”

Improved they were: brand new stalls, toilets, sinks, and tiling greeted students once September came around. News of the redone bathrooms spread through the student body, causing freshmen and seniors alike to want to view the so-called "masterpiece" for themselves.

Sign Up for E-News

“It’s like stepping into a different dimension,” junior Natalie Palmiere commented, in awe of the construction workers’ job well done. The striking new doors add to the effect of the redesigned bathrooms.

Other new features include automatically flushing toilets, state-of-the-art hand dryers, and new mirrors.

After surveying a handful of boys and girls from all grades, most said their favorite feature was the new toilets.  However, multiple girls criticized the mirrors, saying they do not reflect sharp, clear images. In addition, the girls miss the full-length mirror that leaned against the wall right near the entrance to the bathroom, which was used to check the state of their hair and outfit simultaneously before stepping back out into the hallways to face their peers.

How did the Board of Education get the money to cover all these new features? Delmonaco supplied an answer: “Mr. Oliveira (school business administrator) was able to secure a grant called a ROD (Regular Operating District) Grant from the State of New Jersey. Essentially with this grant the school district receives 40% of the cost for a project that is accepted through the grant program from the state.” 

The ROD grant was centered on health and safety improvements, and the bathrooms fell under this category. The cost of the bathroom was nearly halved for the school district, which only had to pay for 60% of the costs as opposed to 100%. “Whenever we can get 40% of the cost covered, it is worth it,” said Delmonaco.

The new bathrooms have been a huge hit. All students surveyed reported liking the new bathrooms much more than the old ones, citing cleaner and more up-to-date facilities. Delmonaco thinks that the students seem to be taking better care of the new facilities and keeping them cleaner than in the past. 

The improvements aren't expected to stop at ALJ. “I believe the plan is to remodel bathrooms next year at Kumpf and the elementary schools,” Delmonaco explained.

With the same crew involved in the redesign process, it is safe to say Kumpf, Hehnly, and Valley Road will be far from disappointed with the results.

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in "The Crusader," ALJ's student newspaper and republished here with permission. Kelly Vena is a student reporter.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_c5efd728ef2d1bbd7247_mini_magick20180206-16715-ycw7rg

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (hosted by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Clark VFW : Spotlight on Joseph Horling

February’s spotlight is on Joseph Horling , Staff Sergeant US Army 1942-1946.

Joe was born in Rahway NJ on Oct 1, 1920.  He and his brother Anthony were born to Anthony Sr. and Bertha Horling .  Joe’s father was born in Munich and his mother Bertha in Austria. 

Joe enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942.  Eight months later, in 1943, he enlisted in the US ...

Clark's Hehnly School is “Cruisin’ Through Winter” for a Good Cause

February 17, 2018

CLARK, NJ - Over 150 students from kindergarten through fifth grade had a blast “Cruisin’ Through Winter” in the Hehnly auditorium. The 4th annual dance, organized by physical education teacher Joe Sortino, was held to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that builds awareness and raises money for childhood cancers.

Encouraging exercise for a good cause, Mr.

Former US Postal Service Employee from Rahway Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Deliver Narcotics Packages

February 13, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Leonard Gresham, a 50-year-old Rahway resident, pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to intercepting and delivering packages containing illegal narcotics in exchange for cash bribes, it was announced by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino.

Gresham pleaded guilty U.S. District Judge Esther D. Salas in Newark federal court, where he was charged with one count of ...

Choosing a College With the 'Right' Fit

Do you know if your child is choosing a college with the right fit?  Do you know what the right fit means or why it matters?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat about why fit matters and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

Check out other columns by Chris here.

Have You Talked to Your Child About the Cost of College?

Have you talked to your child about the cost of college?  Do you plan to?  Do you know why you should? Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he explains why the student needs to be involved in the financial conversations about college.  Check out Chris' book at College Funding Secrets.  

 

Check out other columns by Chris here.

Scutari vs Mahr

February 14, 2018

I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection.  There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people vying for the “boss” position.

Although I am a democrat I am not a committee ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!