CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Construction at North End School, located on Stevens Avenue, is now anticipated to be complete by January 1, 2017 according to a release sent by the Cedar Grove Board of Education on Thursday. High levels of asbestos were found at North End on July 18, halting construction.
The district is considering various options as to the relocation of North End School, including leasing a vacant school (specifically Immaculate Conception in Montclair) as well as other town sites, and leasing portable classrooms and placing them on a practical site in town. In addition the board is considering relocating the Preschool Program to South End School, regardless of where North End is relocated the release said.
As a result of the discovery of asbestos at North End, the Board ordered testing at South End School on Harper Terrace, which also revealed high levels of asbestos though not as severe as at North End. In a release last week, the Board promised to let residents know if South End would be able to open on the first day of classes by August 12.
“As previously mentioned, the Board is committed to providing clean and safe learning environments for all of Cedar Grove’s students and staff. We realize our community is anxious to learn more about the temporary relocation of North End School and the progress made at South End School and we thank you in advance for your patience with this incredibly challenging process,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Fetherman in the release.
Construction work continues at the high school, but the locker rooms, athletic field and auditorium will not be complete by the first day of classes on Sept. 12 according to the Board. The Boys and Girls Locker rooms are scheduled to be completed the week of Sept. 23 and the auditorium and athletic field are scheduled to be completed by late October. All bathrooms at CGHS should be completed by the opening of school.
The upgrades to the schools were scheduled as a result of a $14.8 million bond referendum that was approved in December 2014, they include:
Cedar Grove High School - Auditorium upgrades (flooring, seating, lighting, HVAC system); improvements to locker rooms; and flooring upgrades that would make the school compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.
North and South End elementary schools - alterations to restrooms for ADA compliance and the replacement of heating pipes.
Athletic facilities - installation of a synthetic turf for a multipurpose athletic field and running track; replacement of bleachers and press box; construction of a new field house with restroom facilities; drainage and other repairs to the baseball field.