HOLMDEL, NJ - The year maybe winding down in many ways but not at Holmdel Township Public Schools.
This is especially true in the ongoing 40 million dollar referendum work that is designed to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
The public approved referendum is charging full 'steam' ahead with multiple projects and new opportunities for Holmdel students. On Wednesday, the Board of Education, as it often does, will update the public on various projects and opportunities that are underway to 'Innovate to Elevate' the schools.
One project is the sports field reconstruction and reconfiguration. This was awarded to Applied Landscape Technologies, for approximately 4.2 million - this is a regrading and irrigation for four natural grass athletic fields, and relocation of the tennis courts. All of this work is at the high school.
Much of the work is complete. The tennis courts were relocated from next to the football field to behind the school building. The courts are amazing to see.
For families whose children attend Indian Hill Elementary school and the Village School they have also experienced change recently. There was a renovation of several interior spaces of two elementary schools and repaving and reconfiguring the parking areas and the bus loop. This project was awarded to M&M construction in May.
Here, they will renovate spaces for the art room, STEM lab and special education room, along with the gym floor finish at Village Elementary school. They will also renovate 18 classrooms with new casework, finishes and corridor lighting and ceilings by the gym at Indian Hill Elementary.
The Indian Hill School parking lot is expanded. The parking lot and added new bus drop off loop are already providing favorable results to parents, buses and staff. This new amenity helps improve traffic circulation.
Village saw a repaving of the existing and pre-existing gravel parking. This helps alleviate some traffic challenges because when there's an event naturally parents come in force to see their children. The police department works hand-in-hand with the Holmdel Schools to ensure a safe and orderly traffic circulation pattern. Exterior site additions and renovations at Satz and High School are in the works. A new graphic arts room and a new engineering wing are well underway.
At the William R. Satz school, new locker rooms, upgrades to the cafeteria, improvements to music rooms and a whole new entrance can be seen as the framing is underway. This educational benefit will encourage students of engineering and sciences to be able to fully engage in the most modern teaching environment.
Many folks also wondered what the future was of the historic home on the site owned by the matriarch of Holmdel Township, the late Adeline Lubkert. Addy, a class act and friend of so many was one of the most generous women in Holmdel, In her time, talent and generosity for support for the school system.
The Lubkert family agreed to sell the property to the schools and, while no public information has been shared yet, it's certain that this purchase will be a very important acquisition for the needs of Holmdel students, families and the public for the future.
The next Holmdel Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 7 PM at the Indian Hill School.