MONTVILLE, NJ – School District Administrator Katine Slunt gave an update on the status of referendum-funded construction projects at the Sept. 3 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.
Hilldale, Valley View and Woodmont School’s renovations began on the last day of the 2018-2019 academic year, and are coming to a close. The new media centers, restrooms, gymnasiums and HVAC systems expected to be fully operational when school began on Sept. 5 were mostly finished, but needed some final touches, Slunt said.
At Hilldale, the cabinets in the gym will now match the mats on the walls with a checkerboard pattern, and the upper walls have been painted black. The gymnasium floor now sports the Hilldale mascot and the Montville Township school district logo. The bathrooms have epoxy floors instead of 1”x1” tiles, Slunt noted.
“The media center at Hilldale was held up because of permits,” Slunt said. “The issue was a partial glass wall. The supports are being installed but the glazing is arriving next week [Sept. 9]. So for the first day of school, they will have cleaned out the entire space, but the furniture will not be in because we want to get the glazing in first. This is the one spot that won’t be ready for the start of school.”
Valley View’s media center has wood desks, tables and hand rails, and gray carpeting. Valley View’s bathrooms are blue, and the gym’s lunch tables will not be against the wall any more. The wall has been replaced with acoustical panels to reduce noise (all the gyms have these panels now because of eliminating the drop ceilings, she said), and the drywall on the cement didn’t work out so well, so wall mats will be installed to protect the drywall and students.
Woodmont’s media center has wallpaper and was ready to go on the first day of school. Woodmont’s cougar mascot paw print appears on the gym floor, and the bathrooms have the decals returned with the beach theme and the super hero themes, Slunt said.
At the high school, the air conditioning in the 500 and 600 wings was being completed. Slunt said she could feel the air conditioning even in the hallways of the 300 wing very strongly, and she expected a similar result in the 500 and 600 wings. The main gym windows will be replaced in December; the glass has been chosen, she said.
“All academic spaces now have air conditioning,” Slunt said. “We are tying the units into the building management system. District-wide, now we are going to replace lighting with LED lighting. This will continue throughout the year.”
Solar panels will be installed as part of the ESIP energy savings project, and planning for referendum projects for the summer of 2020 will begin, she said.
“Some restrooms that were not in the first phase, plus roofs will be worked on as part of the next phase,” Slunt said.
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