MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Bid proposals are in the works for four South Orange Maplewood School District elementary schools, said Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor in an emailed update to the community today.

The email was largely about the Intentional Integration Initiative plan, but also included an update on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) and how its progress does and does not affect the III.

As part of Intentional Integration, elementary schools are being updated to each be fully K-5. “Six elementary school construction plans were submitted to the state for approval, and we received approvals for four locations; among them were Clinton, Jefferson, Seth Boyden, and Tuscan elementary schools,” said Taylor's update.

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He provided a timeline as follows:

  • March 11, construction bids were advertised for Clinton and Jefferson elementary schools; and March 25 bids were advertised for Seth Boyden and Tuscan elementary schools.
  • Bid proposals received for Clinton, Jefferson, Seth Boyden, and Tuscan are expected to be open in late April to early May.   
  • Bids will be reviewed with the goal of awarding construction contracts by the end of May.
  • Construction will begin at Clinton, Jefferson, Seth Boyden, and Tuscan during the summer.

Taylor noted that construction plans for Marshall, South Mountain Elementary and Annex are still awaiting approval from the state.

“Awaiting approval for construction plans for the remaining schools does not affect our Intentional Integration Initiative plan,” he said. “We are still moving forward with the integration of our incoming Kindergarten class for Fall 2021.” 



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