SPRINGFIELD, NJ—The Springfield Board of Education on Monday voted to accept a $785,000 bid from Punjab Restoration Co., LLC of Washington, NJ for Phase 5 of the brick facade project at Jonathan Dayton High School.
In another capital item, the school board voted unanimously to seek the approval of the New Jersey Department of Education for the auditorium and culinary art classroom renovations at the high school.
The projects will be submitted to the state for approval through DI Group Architecture, LLC, architect for the district. The projects will be funded through the other capital projects section of the township schools’ 2017-18 budget and no state funding is anticipated.
Also approved at Monday’s meeting were administration, teaching, custodial and transportation salaries as well as “special salaries, fees and compensation” for such items as bedside instruction, substitute clerical and custodial help, summer student help, substitute teachers and nurses and substitute school bus drivers.
The meeting also featured the spotlighting of many student achievements in Springfield schools.
Board members and the public were treated to a video highlighting the achievements of Joseph Volfman, a student with cerebral palsy, who began his education at Walton School and now is a senior at Dayton.
Through the Circle of Friends school inclusion program for students with disabilities Joseph was provided with a bicycle and, after a lengthy training period, up to three hours a day. he entered a 26-mile marathon in Miami this past January and was awarded a certificate for completing the course in four hours and 35 minutes.
The school body also passed resolutions honoring Jessica Pica and the high school’s concert band for being selected for honors in the Union County Teen Arts Festival for their performances in Dayton’s production of “Legally Blonde.”
Also recognized were Students Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 11 patch contest winners Grace Pereira, in the elementary school category and Destiny Martins in the sixth-to-12th-grade category.
Bringing glory in athletics was the Dayton varsity bowling team, which compiled a record of 13-0 this past season on its was to the crown in the Union County Conference Mountain Division, a second-place finish in the North Jersey, Group I contest and eighth in the Group I state tournament.
On another matter, board members discussed moving the time or night of their second meeting in June, currently scheduled for Monday, June 19, at 7:30 pm.
June 19 also is the evening of the Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School Moving Up Ceremony, to which all board members are invited. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:45 pm
Board members are expected to decide at their June 5 meeting whether to schedule their June 19 session at 4 pm or to move the second June session to June 20 or 26.