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Mahwah Schools Seek State Approval of Indoor Practice Complex

Board members say they will continue to work with architects to refine the plan for the facility while they await word from the state.

Mahwah Board of Education members will continue to work with architects to refine a design for a “multi purpose” complex at the township high school while it waits for project approval from the state.

At its reorganization meeting Wednesday night, the board approved a submission of preliminary plans about the complex to be submitted to the state for review.

According to Board Business Administrator Ed Deptula, the submission to the state is a normal step when building any new structure or addition.

“We have to submit a broad picture, basically a schematic, to the state,” he said Wednesday night.

“We basically give them an overall picture of what we want to do, a rough estimate of how much it will cost, give or take, and where we will get the money.”

Deptula said the state DOE can either approve the project outright, or come back with specific questions about, or refinements of, the proposal. However, he added that he has never seen the state do anything but approve Mahwah submissions.

The pending state approval is not binding, officials said Wednesday, so the board could still nix the project if final architect pricing estimates are too high.

The board must receive the state’s approval before going out to bid on the 26,000 square foot facility that board members say will be mostly used for athletic practice space, marching band and color guard practice space, and by township and rec sports leagues.

It will likely take the state two to three months to review the submission, Deptula said.

Initial estimates said the complex will cost about $3.8 million, to come from the district's capital reserve account. The account contains funds dedicated to facilities improvements. 

Until it hears from the state, board members said they would continue to work with architects to refine the final plan for the facility’s layout. 

William Hunt January 09, 2014 at 09:21 AM
$3.8 million for an indoor multi-purpose complex??? How about spend some money and fix the the driveway to Ramapo Ridge/Lenape Meadows? It is too narrow and was poorly designed. Buses cannot make it into/out of the driveway without having to swing into the oncoming lanes.
John Surich January 09, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Congratulations to the school board for moving forward with this much needed and deserved upgrade to the high school. There is a lot of positive feedback, and enthusiasm for this complex throughout town!
Jimmy O January 09, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Anything so we adults can live the sports vicariously through or children. Whatever the cost!
Hank January 09, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I understand that when the facility is completed, Mahwah will have to hire 2 more police officers.
Regenbogen January 10, 2014 at 05:01 AM
Perhaps we could spend some money on providing better walking conditions after a snowstorm. Some areas were not shoveled and the walk from your car to the school was hazardous!!
Mona Lot January 10, 2014 at 05:44 AM
The arrogant school Brown shirts are ramming this down taxpayers throats without regard to the opinions of the people that fund the school system,If the school board really cared what taxpayers are funding with their taxes they would allow this issue to be voted on,I thought bullying was against the law!
Dee January 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Should be interesting: Construction during drop off and pick up.
David Goldman January 16, 2014 at 01:44 PM
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David Goldman January 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I love the video that TS posted on Mahwah Cares on Facebook. I was actually at that meeting as a supporter in favor of the project. What i find interesting is that he omitted ES meltdown screaming at The Board of ED. It was so crazy he said "Ev sit down." It was actually pretty sad.

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