SPARTA, NJ –It was a short agenda for the Sparta Board of Education special meeting on Monday afternoon at Mohawk Avenue School.   

The agenda included two items to authorize opening a bid process for two capital projects. Both projects had been announced at earlier public board meetings. 

The first is to expand the robotics room at the high school to include the adjacent classroom.  Initially the second room had been to house the yearbook class but that is no longer offered as a class. 

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"We are very excited about the new robotics and engineering lab at the high school,” robotics teacher and team advisor Mark Meola said. “It will serve as an authentic ‘maker space’ for our students to design, build and compete in an ever more demanding world!  It will also serve many generation of Sparta kids to come.”

Meola had requested the change at the end of last year.  Meola said Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi and interim business administrator Anthony Mistretta both supported the proposal after coming to look at the current classroom set up. 

The expanded room would allow students in the robotics program to have room work with appropriate tools and larger machines and set up a field on which the robots can be tested for competition.  The classes and extra-curricular program continue to grow, pushing the limits of the existing facility.  

"Our primary tools have consisted of a three-pound sledge hammer a hacksaw and a vice,” Meola said. “I can only image what my students will accomplish once they are given the proper tools and a dynamic work environment to blossom in. It is going to be awesome.”

The final item on the agenda was to reroof and reflash the Helen Morgan school.  Rossi said the front two pods and the middle section of the school will receive the treatment.  “The back two pods are good for now,” Rossi said.

Both projects will go out to bid immediately.  The bids will be awarded on Monday, May 22 at the regular board of education meeting.