FAIR LAWN, NJ – Fair Lawn Public Schools will hold one groundbreaking ceremony at Thomas Jefferson Middle School to officially kick off construction projects at both Thomas Jefferson Middle School (TJMS) and Memorial Middle School (MMS).

The ceremony will take place outside on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. on the northeast corner on the existing school property located at 35-01 Morlot Ave., approximately 50 feet from where a new two-story addition to the school will begin to take shape.

The June 12 groundbreaking ceremony will include the following attendees: Fair Lawn BOE Trustees, Fair Lawn Public Schools Superintendent Nick Norcia, Business Administrator/Board Secretary Brooke Bartley; TJMS Principal Mike Weaver, MMS Principal Scott Helfand, LAN Associates’ Vice President Steve Secora, and Project Executive Bill Morris, from Epic Management, Inc.

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“I am beyond thrilled to see this vision become a reality,” said Superintendent Nick Norcia. “I cannot thank the Fair Lawn community enough for their continued support. This is another reminder of what a great, supportive community we have here at Fair Lawn Public Schools. With construction beginning on TJMS and MMS, and capital improvements to Fair Lawn High School, we continue to dedicate our- selves to working hard to provide the best school experience possible for our students.”

In March 2018, an overwhelming majority of Fair Lawn residents voted to support a $25 million referendum to significantly expand classroom space and relocate fifth-grade students to middle schools.

The project, which is expected to be completed by September 2020, will include additional classroom space (14 new classrooms at TJMS; 9 new classrooms at MMS), upgrades to the cafeterias, state-of-the- art STEAM labs at both middle schools, a new multi-purpose room at TJMS, a new media center at MMS, and air conditioning in the Fair Lawn High School, TJMS, and MMS auditoriums.

Construction will begin at the same time at both middle schools. Staging of the construction zone began in May and construction will begin in June; construction will pick up significantly once students are dimissed for the summer.

Construction management services will be provided by Epic Management, Inc., in Piscataway, N.J.; LAN Associates in Midland Park, N.J. provided architectural services for the project. Superintendent Nick Norcia and Brooke Bartley, the district’s business administrator, have been involved with the project from the beginning.

For more information on the project, email: construction@fairlawnschools.org.