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School District Outlines Spending Plan, Need for High School Complex

The expenditure is one of several in the Mahwah school district that the Facilities Committee has proposed for upgrades .

The Mahwah Board of Education has budgeted $3.85 million of the about $5 million it plans to spend on current capital reserve projects in the district on a “multi-purpose” complex proposed at the high school, according to a budget presentation made by the board’s Facilities Committee at its meeting Wednesday night.

According to the committee’s presentation, the district is planning to work on several facilities upgrade projects in the coming year, including installing a new electrical switchgear at the high school, adding a univent and upgrades to the HVAC system at Joyce Kilmer, and installing boilers at three township schools. Some of those projects will be partially funded by state grants.

The rest of the money, including the $3.8 million for the high school complex, will be funded by the district’s capital reserve account, which district officials have said is money put aside from the budget each year that must be spent on facilities upgrades projects.

The 26,000 square foot indoor complex would include dividable turf fields, five lanes of track, coaches meeting rooms, public restrooms and a new concession stand.

The presentation also outlined an analysis of the need for the projects, which included a schedule of sports events now, which are essentially have space booked in each district school until 9:30 p.m. most nights.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, about 50 residents attended Wednesday’s meeting to question the need for the complex.

Some complained about its proposed cost, while others said it would serve a limited population of students, namely athletes, the report said. Some also argued that the money should be spent on other initiatives, it said.

If the board approves the building, the district will go out to bid on it in June, the report said.

Regenbogen April 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM
Hope they all go up with their cheerleaders!!
you know April 23, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Just wondering what good arguments these "sports folks" can bring to the table? High school is still primarily about education, if supporting this objective is under funded how can a facility totally dedicated to sports be justified? Exactly, it can't be.....it's ok, you can say it.
Evelyn Slockbower April 23, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Agenda finally posted. I have noticed that they didn't post the stipends for the coaching staff last year and it is noticeably absent from this years agenda also. Stipends for all other extra service positions were listed last year. I found two line items on the User Friendly Budget: School Sponsored Co/Extra Curricular Activities- Instruction 2014-15 Anticipated of $409,515 (this should be the amount for Bus Duty, Lunch Duty, Detention, Team Leaders, Class Advisors, After School Supervision, Freshman Advisory, Language Honor Societies, Music/Band/Chorus, and any activities/clubs at Ramapo Ridge, Joyce Kilmer and the High School that are NOT sports related). School Sponsored Athletics Instruction 2014-15 Anticipated of $829,091 which should include all of the Mahwah High School Sports listed on the Agenda under Fall, Spring and Winter Sports. http://www.mahwah.k12.nj.us/files/_zWIMD_/036c8b84be280e033745a49013852ec4/4-23-14r.pdf

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