FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central Regional School District has approved items in its five-year long-range facilities plan, with projects to include HVAC unit replacements, repaving of roadways and more.
The board of education approved the district’s long-range facilities plan and authorized SSP Architects to update the plan with the State of New Jersey at the Jan. 27 meeting.
The state requires districts to have a five-year long-range plan, and it includes initial items that are accounted for in the current budget, with an expectation of the work being done in the summer 2020.
That includes campus safety and security upgrades in the 11/12 vestibule; repaving of the inner roadway and parking lots A-1; Stewart Field press box and stairs; renovating and upgrading the 600s wing; and more.
All of these projects were already approved at prior meetings, and money is coming from capital reserves.
The next items on the plan are what is anticipated to be included in the 2020-2021 budget, and will be completed in summer 2021.
Those projects, which will be discussed at a later date, include campus safety and security upgrades in the 9/10 vestibule; corridor lockers and renovations; electrical work for a new generator and LED lighting upgrades at the stadium; and additional security cameras.
“Some are on a cycle and others are ideas that we have in our mind that we would like to approve in the district going forward,” said business administrator Gymlyn Corbin.
Anything beyond that, for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond, are simply in the idea phase and are not written in stone.
Those projects could include renovating the special services office space in the 600/700s wing; replacing trailers with a storage building; constructing a covered outdoor seating area at the 9/10 cafeteria; science lab upgrades; additional campus safety upgrades; new multi-purpose turf fields; ventilation upgrades in the consumer science lab; bleacher replacements; and more.
“All of these projects are required to be approved by the Department of Education and required to be included in the long range facility plan before we can move forward,” Corbin said.
Corbin said Hunterdon Central has worked hard since 2010 to grow its capital reserve account, which is like the district’s savings account.
“It’s a portion of unspent money,” Corbin said. “Some goes back to the taxpayers and some goes into a savings account. All the projects that are listed go into funds that are labeled unspent money.”
Corbin said none of the projects would require additional taxpayer expense.
“All of it would come out of capital reserve, which we have been able to grow because we are fiscally conservative and the whole district is working to not overspend,” Corbin said.