Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Walnut Street Elementary School

At last week’s Board of Education meeting, the Board’s Property Committee reported on a plan to address the structural concerns at the school. Currently, the district is not using the oldest portion of the building, the 1889 section, due to concerns related to the structure – walls, roof, and foundation.

The plan that the Board heard about and endorsed as the most logical method to pursue involves demolition a significant portion of the 1889 building, rebuilding the walls and roof on a small section of the 1889 building that would remain, and renovating some sections in the remaining portion of the school to best accommodate the academic program.

On Thursday afternoon of this week, the school administrators plan to meet with the faculty and staff of the school to review the plans and hear any ideas to improve on the design details. Additionally, Thursday evening, a similar session will be held for the parents/guardians of students attending Walnut. Flyers are being sent home today to advertise this 7:00 p.m. session.

Once this input is received, the school’s architect will finalize plans for submission to the New Jersey Department of Education for review and approval. The work is anticipated to occur during the summer of 2008.

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