FREEHOLD – The purchase of $76,029 in new furniture has been approved by the Freehold Borough K-8 School District Board of Education as part of an ongoing project to expand the district’s schools and address the issue of student overcrowding.
On June 4, the board approved the purchase of new furniture for renovations and additions at the district’s two locations: the Freehold Learning Center elementary school, Dutch Lane Road, and the Park Avenue Complex, Park Avenue, which houses the Park Avenue Elementary School and the Freehold Intermediate School.
The construction project totals $33 million and is partially funded by the state. Administrators said the budget for furniture as part of the project is $265,000.
For the furniture, the district solicited proposals from H&H Interiors, VIRCO Furniture and School Specialty. Of the three companies, only H&H Interiors provided a quotation, according to district administrators.
The $76,029 quotation for furniture from H&H Interiors, according to district administrators, consisted of $12,030 for technology areas, $9,424 for science classrooms, $7,215 for the library, $6,894 for grade level classrooms, $6,627 for the nurse’s office, $4,467 for pre-kindergarten classrooms, $4,356 for kindergarten classrooms, $4,225 for the child study team office reception, $4,052 for a child study team room, $3,803 for a child study team room, $3,722 for the treatment area of the nurse’s suite, $3,445 for the child study team conference room, $3,223 for a child study team room, $1,607 for the waiting area of the nurse’s suite and $933 for the exam area of the nurse’s suite.
In other business, the board recently approved the $41,225 purchase of baseball netting from Delger Whiting that will be installed at the Park Avenue Complex baseball field. The netting will be 460 feet in length and increase the previously approved purchase of $52,275 in baseball netting from 20 feet to 30 feet in height. With the new purchase, the total amount of the netting from Delger Whiting will be $93,500.
The board also awarded a $26,550 contract to All Green Lawn & Landscaping for landscaping services at the Park Avenue Complex. According to district administrators, the contract was awarded due to an operational need for additional lawn mowing and field maintenance through November at the Park Avenue Complex.
In addition to All Green Lawn & Landscaping, All Jersey Ponds Landscaping submitted a $30,350 bid for the landscaping services. All Green Lawn & Landscaping was awarded the contract after being identified as the lowest responsible bidder.
And, the board accepted a $2,600 proposal from architect William Hopkins to design a motorized retractable batting cage in the Park Avenue Complex gymnasium. The total cost of the project for the motorized retractable batting cage is estimated by Hopkins to be $25,800 and the board intends to withdraw funds from the capital reserve to fund the project, according to district administrators.