NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education discussed a policy change regarding the use of athletic facilities, namely Lieder Field at its Thursday, July 26 meeting. School Business Administrator James Testa provided the board with a construction update.

The current Use of Facilities Policy allows lights to be used on Lieder Field only for two night games. The board would like to change this policy to allow more night games, Board Member Ira Krauss said. Superintendent David Miceli explained that he has discussed the issue with the Athletic Director Vincent Carangelo. He noted that many high schools are playing games on Friday nights. New Providence High School has had Saturday home games instead. The Saturday afternoon games conflict with the band tournaments that are held mostly on Saturdays. Allowing lights on the field would also benefit high school soccer and lacrosse programs as well as the borough’s recreational programs that use Lieder Field. The policy change would benefit multiple organizations, teams and the band, Miceli said.

Board President Adam Smith noted that the new policy would have similar restrictions on lighting as the borough has for its fields, and the district would comply with the borough ordinances. “As far as I know, we have not had any complaints on any nights the lights have been on from any of the neighbors so far,” he said. He also noted that any residents objecting to the policy change should attend the Aug. 30 board meeting when the second reading and the final vote on the policy will take place.

Sign Up for E-News

The board also approved two change orders regarding Lieder Field improvements. The board allocated $57,400 for the field entrance upgrade and $78,110 for fencing. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the middle of August.

Testa gave an update on the ongoing construction projects. He noted that the classroom door lock replacement project is 95 percent completed. The store fronts for the guidance office and the main office in the high school will be completed in September. The doors had to be redesigned because of the security system. The district also had to wait for the product, he explained.

The districtwide phone system will be completed in August. The window security film installation is in progress. The high school/middle school building will be completed this summer. However, the film will be installed in the elementary schools only partially as it will take another year to get the adequate funding to finish the project.

The landscaping in front of the high school entrance as well as at the Salt Brook School will also be completed this summer. Carpeting and flooring upgrades have also been completed in various areas in the high school/middle school building. The roof replacement project has also been completed, and final payment made, Testa said. The boilers have also been replaced, he said.

With regard to other news, the board decided that the additional state aid of $282,336 received by the district will be allocated to the 2019-2020 school budget.