In collaboration with the Livingston Board of Education, the Township announced today plans for the renovation of Monmouth Court Community Center which houses Livingston High School’s Alternative High School. The Board of Education and the Town Council have authorized a mutually beneficial 20 year agreement which provide much needed modernization to the Monmouth Court Community Center building. The Board of Education will contribute approximately $2 million dollars in improvements to the building including classroom renovations, electrical upgrades, and an upgrade in the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). The renovations will also bring Monmouth Court into ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. Bathrooms serving the Alternative High School will be renovated and an elevator will be added to the building. A $62,000 Community Development Block Grant and $200,000 contribution from the Township of Livingston will go towards the cost of the elevator installation.
“The mutual goal for the Township and the Board of Education is to maximize shared services for cost savings for Livingston residents,” explained Michele E. Meade, Township Manager. “We share many existing services, such as field maintenance, snow removal, and gym facilities, and this Monmouth Court agreement will help offset the Township’s fixed costs and will maximize use of existing resources.“
Livingston High School’s alternative program has been in existence for more than 20 years. When something impedes with academic progress, the alternative program provides a safe haven where the staff attempts to accommodate the needs of the students in ways only possible in a small, more personal setting.
“The Alternative High School is one of our most successful programs,” reported Dr. Brad Draeger, Superintendent of Schools. “Renovating the Monmouth Court facility will provide our students with an environment more conducive to learning, and like the high school, allow for more meaningful learning in the winter months and warm spring months with the addition of air conditioning and modern and effective heating system.” “I also strongly believe that public buildings should be a role model for society, welcoming all regardless of their abilities,” continued Draeger.
The Board of Education is located at 11 Foxcroft Drive. For information on the Board of Education and Livingston Public Schools, go to www.livingston.org, or call 973-535-8000.
Livingston Municipal Building is located at 333-357 South Livingston Ave. Offices are open between 8:30-4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday, except for holidays. The Senior, Youth & Leisure Services and Health Department are located at the Senior Community Center at 204 Hillside Ave. For further information call 973-992-5000, or visit the website www.livingstonnj.org for information on Township departments and service.
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