MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township School District Administrator Katine Slunt described the latest construction happening in the district at the various schools at the Oct. 6 board of education meeting.

At the high school, two roof replacements and staff bathroom renovations occurred. One of the roofing projects was near the cafeteria, in the back of the building. The second was in front, along the Horseneck Road parking lot, Slunt said. The front parking lot was funded by phase 3 of the referendum, she said, while the back roof was funded by part of ESIP phase 2.

ESIP, or the Energy Savings Improvement Program, is a program being used by the district through the NJ Board of Public Utilities. The program is part of a state law which will allow the district to make energy-related improvements and pay for the costs using the value of energy savings that result from the improvements, according to the Clean Energy website. The district is seeking to make improvements totaling approximately $4 million, Slunt said in 2018. The total ESIP phase 1 and phase 2 improvements equal $3.4 million, funded through the energy savings created from the lighting replacements, rebates and the solar panels, according to Slunt.

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At Lazar Middle School, the locker rooms were renovated, including the locker room bathrooms. “Montville green” lockers were installed. This was also part of phase 3 of the referendum funding.

At Woodmont School, roofing renovations (a full tear-off) occurred so they could eventually have solar panels installed. This came out of the 2020-2021 capital reserve projects budget.

At Valley View School, a rooftop A/C unit was replaced, which was part of phase 3 of the referendum.

Solar panels will be installed district-wide through 2021; but will not be installed at Hilldale because of the way it is situated on its site – there would be no savings from it at that school, she said.

Referendum phase 4 projects will include gym windows and the exteriors at Cedar Hill, Woodmont and William Mason, Slunt said.

Other projects from the capital reserve that were postponed until 2021 due to pandemic expenses include Cedar Hill’s roofing renovations to ready it for solar panels (the same that were conducted at Woodmont) and other renovations that are part of the long range facilities plan.

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