BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Fall may be officially here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it – especially in the media center at Governor Livingston High School Media Center.

The rooftop HVAC unit, which was installed in 1972, failed this year. The specifications for replacing the unit have been designed and the project will go out for bid in mid-October reported Business Administrator Donna Felezzola during the Sept. 26 meeting. It is expected the board will award the project at the Nov. 14 meeting of the board.

Felezzola said the cost for the project is expected to be in the range of $250,000. The new unit will be designed to be work with any possible upgrades to the media center. The heating continues to work. Installation of the unit is anticipated to begin in April, after hours and during Spring Break, with completion expected in the mid to the end of May, she said.

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In other news, at the Sept. 26 meeting, the board adopted a Shared Services Agreement with the Township of Berkeley Heights for Vehicular Maintenance and Repair Services for Board of Education vehicles for a term of three years, from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2022.

Earlier, at the Sept. 12 school board meeting, Board Administrator Donna Felezzola updated the board on the status of the various projects undertaken by the district this summer.  Those include:
1. Paving, drainage & curbing upgrades were made at all schools and parking lots were re- stripped.

2. At Governor Livingston High School, the ceilings in six classrooms were replaced and an instructional classroom was converted into a special education life skills classroom.

3. District wide, an emergency notification system was installed. This system improves direct communication with the police department. Exterior strobe lights and interior sign boards have been installed. These will be used to improve communications in emergency situations.

4. Roof repairs are planned to be completed this fall for Mountain Park and Mary Kay McMillin.

At that same meeting, Superintendent Varley welcomed back Senior Student Representative to the board, Alex Janiak, and introduced Junior Student Representative Emily Haines to the board and public. This is Emily's first year as a student rep.

Dr. Varley called Emily "an excellent student" and gave a run-down of her academic and non-academic activities. She "has selected a rigorous AP track for her coursework including five AP courses: AP Physics 2; AP US History II; AP Calculus BC; AP Computer Science Principles, and AP English 3, said the superintendent, who quipped, "I'm exhausted just reading this." But that was just the beginning of her school-related activities. Emily is a three-sport athlete who participates in Cheerleading, Winter Track, and Lacrosse. She is also a member of the Student Ambassadors, Student Auxiliary, Spanish Club, Photo Club, and ASL Club.