COMMUNITY WILL VOTE IN FALL OF 2017 ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT FOUR DISTRICT SCHOOLS
March 27, 2017 (Nutley, NJ) – The Nutley Board of Education voted unanimously, at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, to proceed with a school facilities project. The proposed projects consist of new exterior additions and interior renovations to Washington, Yantacaw, John H. Walker Middle School and Nutley High School and will require the community to vote on a referendum, currently estimated at $68 million
“I am thrilled that the Board has unanimously decided to move forward in the process to eliminate the overcrowding at our district schools while ensuring the best education for all our learners,” said Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer. “The Board’s decision on Monday night will allow the Nutley community to vote, in the fall of 2017, on the execution of these projects.”
The Nutley Board of Education and district administration began presenting data to the community and gathering feedback at the start of 2017. The Board held six Town Hall meetings, informal community gatherings, and a concept viewing session to detail overcrowding issues to the community and gather feedback. In addition, the Board and administration generated a nine-question survey in early March to collect intel from the community.
The Board has retained the services of DiCara Rubino Architects as their architect of record and has put out a request for proposals for soil investigation, boundary and topography land survey and environmental review.
“After many years of studying the overcrowding within the district, the Board is confident that it has put forth a solution which will strengthen the district for decades to come,” said Board President Danny Carnicella. “By voting to move forward in the process on Monday, we support the construction plans, which will alleviate our space concerns and bolster our academics. Next steps will be communicated to the public as we move forward in this process.”