NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Public Schools and the Nutley Board of Education hosted an informal session Wednesday evening whereby members of the public could examine and ask questions about the proposed school construction in the district. The session was held at Radcliffe Elementary School in the hour prior to the town hall meeting. 

Preliminary renderings of the proposed construction were presented by DiCara Rubino Architects. Members of the architectural firm, the Board of Education, and Nutley Public Schools administration were on hand to answer questions.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer that the "drawings are drafts, they are a work in progress." Member of the Board of Education are listening to commentary from the public to take into account how the community reacts to the plan. 

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Homeowner Anthony Vercelli told TAPinto Nutley “It would be nice to have the MEP (Mechanical Electric Plumbing) studies available to the public.”

He wanted to know, “Have studies been done on existing services like heating. For the 20 new classrooms at the middle school, are they being heated with the old system? If not, what is the cost of the new heating system? Is there enough power? I would be nice to have the MEP (Mechanical Electric Plumbing) studies available to the public.”

TAPinto Nutley forwarded his comments to the district office. With school closed Thursday for the snowstorm we expect an answer early next week. 

Resident Carol Gallagher expressed concern over construction traffic impeding access to her Yantacaw Place home.  

Vercelli also asked, “Why are we putting an elevator at Yantacaw?. Karen Yeamans stated that it was to meet ADA requirements. "Vercelli questioned if it is needed, why does the school currently not have an elevator?" Yeamans explained that ADA requirements affect new construction. The Nutley School District places students in other elementary schools that have facilities that meet their needs. 

One parent, who did not wish to be identified, asked "how does this help Radcliffe?" Several board members answered that with the sixth grades moving to the middle school classrooms would open up there and at Spring Garden and Lincoln schools.

Residents who did not see the drawings can view them at any of the schools and at the board of education office.

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