SOMERSET, NJ - Elizabeth Avenue School officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a two-year, $12 million construction project at the school on Wednesday evening.
The project, which was funded by a 2014 referendum referred to as “One Less Move”, provided for both additional classroom space and the addition and renovation of other functional areas.
These additions included the addition of a multi-purpose gym, parking lot expansion, pre-k, kindergarten, upper-grade classrooms, a nurse’s office, and corridor/office renovations.
The media center/library was renovated and the cafeteria expanded so that lunch can now be served at lunchtime. In the past, lunch hours began at 10:30. The changes allowed for the elimination of the early lunch period.
Franklin Township Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravaly, stated how pleased he was with the ability of the faculty, staff, parents and students to adapt to the constant changes caused by construction. He was most impressed with the fact that during the construction period “not a single instructional day was lost.”
The project was not without complexities; walls were moved, areas renovated and buildings added and integrated. Peter Seiwell of Design Resources Group, the architecture firm handling the project, summed up the effort required by all parties involved by saying "this much work on a building designed in the 1930s was a challenge."
EAS Principal, John Haney, expressed the feelings of the faculty staff, parents and students both current and future by simply stating, “we are blessed to have a first-class facility”.
The Elizabeth Avenue School educates almost 500 students in grades k-5 and its pre-k program.
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