NEWTON, NJ - Over the past year, the Newton Board of Education has been working to identify issues with the school buildings within the district, in order to develop a “future-focused, strategic school facilities plan," as the Newton School District website states.
Last summer the board went through each school and analyzed its issues and their concerns for the safety of the children attending the schools. Then a public survey went out in the issue of the Brave News last fall.
Once the results came back from the public, the board then hired an architectural firm, EI Associates, to get some estimated costs on the areas that were identified as inefficient or “inadequate."
On March 8, EI Associates presented a cost estimate plan. The results can be accessed at the following link provided by the Board of Education: Facilities Cost Estimates Report.
“The board invites public input about the possible scenarios and cost estimates through letter to 57 Trinity Street, Newton, NJ 07860 or by email through our district website (click the icon on the home page labeled Contact)”, according to the District website (http://www.newtonnj.org/).
The board’s next steps include:
- creating a focus group based on the replies from the public who volunteered during the fall survey
- having a special public commenting period at the next meeting on April 26, which will be held in the District Office at 57 Trinity St.,
- taking all the input from the public and develop a plan by June 2016, which will thus guide the district’s facilities improvements over the upcoming years.
The Board of Education meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. This is the time for any public who wishes to speak on the “Facilities Cost Estimates Report” to do so.