NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Education voted to proceed with the schools facilities project. The project encompasses construction at John H. Walker Middle School, Yantacaw School, Washington School, and Nutley High School. 

Before shovels hit the ground, several things must happen:

DiCara Rubino Architects will now have to complete their architectural schematics for the construction. Those plans will be submitted to the state.

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The state will then have 90 days to ask questions and make plans for state aid for the project. Once the state aid is determined the bond amount will be determined. While the proposed cost will not change from what was proposed, the amount to be bonded may be lower dependent on state aid. 

One of the points made in all of the meeting prior to tonight's vote was that the construction are true additions. Unlike renovations, in these projects the new work is being attached where corridors already exist, thereby significantly reducing the chance of change orders when "they find something." 

From there, the Nutley Board of Education will work with the County of Essex to establish a date for the vote on the referendum. If everything falls into place, the vote will take place in September. If approved by the citizens of Nutley, shovels can go into the ground in late Spring 2018.

A full report of the March 27, 2017 Board of Education meeting, as well as detailed reports of the school facilities project, will follow. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Nutley. is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is the only locally owned news organization serving the community. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPintoNutley 

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