HOPEWELL: Architect says school district referendum projects largely on time

Work on the $26 million school bond referendum, which is intended to make improvements to several school buildings in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, is “overall” on time, according to project architect George Duthie.

Some projects, such as the renovation to the restrooms in the “300” wing of Central High School, have been completed, Duthie told the school board at its Feb. 12 meeting. New lighting has been installed in many classrooms, including older light switches that have been replaced by “occupancy sensors,” he said.

The Main Office at the high school has been relocated temporarily while work gets underway on renovations, Duthie said. Work on the exterior masonry walls has begun, and the steel framework for an addition to the school is in place.

Meanwhile, several projects have been completed. These include roof replacements at Central High School and the Hopewell Elementary School, and the district-wide clock, public announcement and communications system.

Duthie said the summer 2018 projects have gone out to bid – the fire alarm system replacement projects at the Timberlane Middle School and the Hopewell, Stony Brook and Toll Gate elementary schools, and the heating and air conditioning upgrades at the middle school.

Also out to bid are the restroom renovations at Timberlane Middle School and the Bear Tavern, Hopewell and Toll Gate elementary schools.

The roof replacement projects for the Timberlane Middle School and Toll Gate Elementary School also are out to bid, Duthie said.

“The projects are, generally speaking, on time. We are not expecting any major issues,” Duthie told the school board.

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