The field at Lyndhurst will see major upgrades

Lyndhurst Board of Education is working with the town to rehabilitate a major school sports complex.

To that end, the parties passed a shared services agreement last month outlining their respective obligations to maintain the high school playground and pathway described in the board’s decision, as “in disrepair and in need of refurbishment and modernization.”

The 12-year-old lawn field is used by the school district for soccer, home games and track meetings, and by the town for its municipal recreation programme, said Joseph Decorso, superintendent of schools.

“It’s time to replace him,” he said.

According to the SSA, the school board will be the “leading agency and will assume and bear the cost of the project in the amount of $1,139,185” as proposed by the contractor, Athletic Fields of America/Sourcewell Co-op (based in Staples, Minnesota). …” AAA/Sourcewell is maintained under a cooperative purchase agreement.

For its part, “the town will issue bonds to finance the repayment of the amount” and “the school board agrees to repay the town… the principal and the interest owed on the bonds over 10 years…”

DeCorso said he expects work to begin by July and be completed by September, in time for the school season opening and fall track.

To enhance the district’s mobile fleet status, the School Board will acquire two 54-seat school buses under a lease-purchase financing agreement arranged through the lessee, the Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission, and the lessor, First Hope Bank, NA, in Columbia.

$253,302 will be paid to the contract supplier, HA DeHart & Son, Inc. , of Thorofare, to supply the two vehicles under an equipment lease, with an option to purchase.

DeCorso said one of the buses will replace a 10-year-old vehicle and the other will be an addition to the fleet needed to accommodate more trips and routes, including transportation for an expanded high school sports program that now includes a lacrosse travel team. .

The supervisor said buses are not expected to arrive on campus until December or January due to supply chain issues statewide.

In other school infrastructure projects expected to unfold later this year, the board will replace old boilers at Roosevelt Elementary School, for $167,990, and at Columbus Elementary, for $140,000; installation of new digital screens in front of the middle and high school; and lease renewals for Community School Temporary Teaching Spaces (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade) at 862 Valley Brook Ave. and for Memorial Campus (K-grade 2) at 319 New York Ave.

On personnel moves, the board will add a fourth-grade teacher at the Roosevelt School and thus reduce the average class size for that grade from 29 to 23; Hiring a new guidance counselor and middle school science teacher; and expanding the mathematics curriculum with an additional teacher to reduce average class size and offer more course choices.

At the management level, the Board of Directors renewed its contracts for 2022-2023 with Assistant Superintendent Alma Morrell at an annual salary of $163,770 and with Interim Business Director/Board Secretary Mark Hayes at $550 per day, not to exceed five days per week. The new agreements take effect July 1, pending approval by the Bergen County Executive Superintendent of Schools.

Muriel is completing her first year as an assistant supervisor. Prior to that, she was an education specialist at the state Department of Education. DeCorso said the board will seek a replacement for Hayes, who was appointed in 2021. The Public Schools Act limits the duration of a provisional bachelor’s degree to no more than two years.

Ron Lear | For the Observer

Ron Lear has been a journalist since the late 1960s, and began his career with The Jersey Journal, working as a summer reporter during college. He became a full-time writer in February 1972, and worked mostly as a general assignment reporter in all fields except sports, including a 3-year stint as Associate Editor for Entertainment, Features, Religion, etc.

He retired from JJ in May 2009 and came to The Observer shortly thereafter.

He is also a part-time actor, mostly on stage, and has most recently worked with Kearney-based WHATCo. He plays softball on Sundays in Central Park, New York

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