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Central School Sale Finalized

The Glen Ridge Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has finalized the purchase of the Central School building, located at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and High Street. The structure, purchased from the Wells Fargo Bank, will be renovated and become Borough’s third lower elementary school, housing grades PreK-2.

The acquisition of Central School comes after nearly four years of research, planning, outreach and negotiations. The $5.1 million purchase price was financed through the sale of bonds, following a successful public referendum in March 2017. If renovations proceed according to plan, the new Central School should be ready for students in September 2019.

Built in 1926, the Central School housed Glen Ridge students until it was sold in 1980. Since that time it has been occupied by a succession of banks, a hospice and medical offices.

“I am delighted that we have finally returned the Central School building to the Glen Ridge Board of Education,” said Board president Elisabeth Ginsburg. “The process has been long and sometimes difficult, but the end result—relief of overcrowding in our elementary schools—will be worth it.”

Superintendent Dirk Phillips added, “We are looking forward to the day when our students and teachers bring Central School back to life.

Glen Ridge BOE Approves Vendors for Construction Projects

The Glen Ridge BOE recently approved two vendors to work on components of their construction projects. Panoramic Window and Door Systems Inc. from Piscataway, NJ was awarded the Forest Avenue School’s window replacement project. A project kick-off meeting was held in December. The window replacement is expected to be completed before the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Epic Management, Inc., also from Piscataway, NJ was named construction manager. Epic was founded in 1971 and has extensive experience in school management, including working with several districts in the local area. Epic’s primary responsibility will be to oversee the renovation of Central school and the HVAC upgrades at Linden Avenue School, Forest Avenue School, and Ridgewood Avenue School.

The Glen Ridge Board of Education recently sold temporary notes for incurred and future expenses related to the bond referendum. The district sold $6.2 million in temporary notes at a rate of 1.15%.

There have been several actions taken related to our construction projects since the last BOE meeting.

Bids were made available for the window project at Forest Avenue School. This week three contractors were given a walk-through to get a better understanding of the project. Bids will be accepted and reviewed on November 21st.

Requests for proposals were sent to the three construction management companies that were interviewed. Those proposals will be opened and reviewed on November 14th.

The BOE approved a traffic study to be completed in the Ridgewood Avenue School and Central School area by Dolan and Dean Consulting Engineers.

Glen Ridge BOE Bond Sale Website