Livingston School Board Planning Improvements to Monmouth Court
Thursday, June 21, 2012 • 9:07pm
LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Board of Education approved the Monmouth Court and lease agreement during its meeting Thursday night.
The board is looking to renovate the existing Monmouth Court into a better facility for the students that it serves. They have a $2,262,000 budget between themselves and the township.
The township will pay $262,000 plus half of the cost of the boiler, according to the agreement pending between the board and the town.
Concerns were raised about the handicap accessibility and whether or not the facility would meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements. The board ensured that an elevator would be installed, there would be handicapped bathrooms and adequate access to the building.
Board member Barry Funt said the main goal of the project is the give students a better environment to learn in than the one that is provided now.
“This is the most cost efficient, effective way to make this space the best for students,” said Dr. Brad Draeger, superintendent.
Students may have to be moved out of the upstairs classrooms for a brief time at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, according to the board. Otherwise, education should continue normally.
Full plans have not been finalized and further discussions will take place at future meetings.
The next board will be July 23.