MONTVILLE, NJ – Business Administrator Katine Slunt said the school district is at “substantial completion” for all of the construction projects that had been planned for this summer and early fall.

Speaking at the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education meeting Sept. 4, she said, “All of our projects except for the air conditioning project at the high school are at substantial completion.” She said the bleachers were being installed and the floors being done over the next two weeks, which would finish up the gym at the high school.

“Substantial completion is not necessarily ‘completion,’” she clarified. “What it means is that we have met the basic requirements of what we contracted for and that we have our certificate of occupancy – we’ve received all of our inspections. We still have punch lists. We still have items that need to be installed and finished up and that will be ‘completion.’ [By] the meeting at the end of the month, we should be finished with most of the projects, and I’ll be able to provide photos of the befores and afters.

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“The air conditioning for the 300 and 400 wing of the high school will be substantially completed by the end of September. The plan was to slowly roll out the air conditioning in all the other buildings. As the students came back to school [Sept. 4], there should not be the expectation that every space would be air conditioned. Unfortunately, the amount of air conditioning that’s required and the process that needs to go on to do that mechanically [could not be] accomplished in the summer – and we did not plan to accomplish that this summer. That project will continue to roll out throughout the fall, into the spring, and throughout next summer.”

Media Center renovations were undertaken this summer in William Mason, Cedar Hill and Lazar. Installation of furniture and punch list items will be completed during the month of September, District Communications Officer Susan Marinello told TAPinto Montville.

Bathrooms near the main offices and auditorium of the high school are anticipated to be completed by the end of September. Bathrooms at Cedar Hill, Lazar and William Mason were completed in time for the first day of school on Sept. 4, Marinello said.

Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar said at the BOE meeting that district officials and fellow staff members honored 51 staff members who had been with the district for landmark numbers of years and “it is truly a testament to the greatness of the Montville Township schools, because we do have a number of staff who have been here and have devoted their careers to us and their students and that is truly wonderful.”

She called Steve Toth’s and Katine Slunt’s overseeing the construction over the summer as Herculean and thanked them.

She said the district website now has a vendor to host the website and a committee will be surveying district teachers, parents and administrators to prioritize a design for the website. They will be working on that starting at the end of the month, she said.

Board Member Dr. Karen Cortellino reported that contract negotiations with the Montville Township Education Association, the teachers’ union, were very productive at the meeting on Aug. 28, and she looks forward to the next meeting because she felt that “good progress” was made.

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