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Brick School Officials Believe $12.5M In Repairs Are Needed for District

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A damaged parking lot at Brick Township High School. (Credit: Brick Schools)
A damaged parking lot at Brick Township High School. (Credit: Brick Schools)

An estimate released by the Brick Township school district shows it would take $12.5 million to repair and rehabilitate school facilities, even after millions in capital projects have already been completed in recent years.

The repairs range from a $1,496,000 roof replacement for the Warren H. Wolf Elementary School (formerly the Primary Learning Center), to $1,297,637 for new baseball and softball fields at Brick Memorial High School, to $1,558,000 to replace a track at Brick Township High School.

Some of the biggest ticket items the district believes it must purchase come in the form of larger, capital projects, such as $1,500,000 for new security vestibules district-wide, another $1,500,000 for a second floor air conditioning system at Lake Riviera Middle School, and $750,000 for a central heating boiler covering multiple buildings. In all, the list of proposed projects adds up to $12,566,946.

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The district’s priorities going forward will be projects involving safety, officials said, though there were no details on how the projects would be funded. In many cases, bonding for such projects would require a referendum to be approved by voters, but Board of Education President John Lamela has said no referendums are currently planned. Officials did, however, point out which projects would be given the strongest consideration.

“We’re living in an age now where we have to worry about security, and we have to have these safe doors,” said William Kolibas, Director of Facilities, at a recent board meeting.

The track at Brick Township High School is damaged to the point where track and field events can no longer be safely hosted there, and drainage issues continue to plague Brick Memorial High School.

“After a quick shower, that field is not playable for a week,” Kolibas said.

As for the BTHS track: “I don’t want everyone to think this is merely an after-school sports issue,” said Principal William Kleissler. “The gym classes have to cone off locations around the track so you do not fall off into the obstructions.”

Flooded fields at Brick Memorial High School. (Credit: Brick Schools)
Flooded fields at Brick Memorial High School. (Credit: Brick Schools)

The laundry list of items comes after the district has already spent millions of dollars on facilities projects in recent years. In 2015, a previous board of education spent $5.7 million in upgrades to Brick Township High School, and going back to 2012, there were projects to rebuild the track at Brick Memorial High School, replace the bleachers at Brick Township High School’s football field, and build state-of-the-art science labs at Brick Township High School.

Funding for projects has, historically, been difficult to come by in Brick. In 2010, several board of education members were swiftly ousted from office after they imposed fees for middle school sports participation. The last time a referendum was proposed – a $172 million funding question in 2009 – it was overwhelmingly rejected by voters.


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  • Jessica Clayton

    I completely understand it that the parking lot has a lot of pot holes. Obviously these are tripping hazards and bad for our cars. Also, I understand that the Veteran’s parking lot specifically is a safety hazard to our children. There is a huge burden on our teachers to make sure that no one gets hurt as they’re coming out of their parents cars, through a line of parked busses, and into the building.

    However when you have to choose between a roof (a boiler & even an air conditioner) and paving your driveway the roof needs to take priority. In education there is a basic tenant we are all taught in college put forth by Maslow. He says that if students’ basic needs are not being met like safety, security, and physical needs, then they won’t be able to concentrate on learning. They will be distracted by their hunger, their temperature, or their fear.

    The board members have tough decisions ahead. They still have to figure out whether to spend money on textbooks, art stools, security cameras, safe entrances, or make sure that all the schools have locking doors for lockdowns. However, I don’t think it’s a tough decision to decide to fill in the pot holes for now and put the big parking lot project off until a year when we don’t have so many other pressing concerns. http://Www.facebook.com/JClaytonBOE

    • Rthom

      I highly recommend that you speak more concisely because no one will listen to you when you’re long-winded.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Never ending money pit. The taxpayers are broke. Even if the public parasites pretend not to know it.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

  • Frank Rizzo

    Abbott school districts in NJ have all the money. The inner city schools are like palace’s and their playing fields like pro ones
    http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=1412

    • J W

      Made up crap. You’re a racist turd. Burn in hell

      • Frank Rizzo

        Facts always hurt you people the most…You just keep getting by on that crutch

      • Virtus

        Truth always hurts those that turn blind eyes to things. I want to know all of the money is? We pay a rediculous amount in taxes in brick, with the lions share going to the education section of the budget, why are we always so broke, where the hell are you spending all of our money???

      • KaayC

        Salaries

      • Virtus

        Who the hell is soaking up that much cash??? Certainly not the over worked teachers, most likely some fat cat that does not do crap.

      • KaayC

        Administrators, coordinators, and the Emperor of Ice Cream himself.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Salaries are a big part…how much is utilities..heat and electric..phone lines…internet lines…technology requires licenses for each program they use to track students or vehicles, computer programs we never even heard of…people to maintain it…replace it when it breaks…Special services such as out of district special ed to private schools..mandates such as anti bullying counselors…..school buses and their associated costs….it goes on and on beyond just salaries…I’m certain anyone on the inside knows more but it is not 1970’s anymore…all this technology we demand comes at an added costs…all these unfunded mandates by state and federal laws must be paid…security that we never needed years ago

      • KaayC

        Yes all valid. When you make mention of special services to out of district private schools you mention one of the biggest travesties! Districts spend upwards of fifty thousand dollars per pupil and transportation for behaviorally disordered students who have little or no inclination to learn. It is a cash cow for the private schools and a huge burden to taxpayers. Work study programs that would keep these kids in district part of the day and working at manual labor another part would seem more feasible. IMO the technology in education is overrated. Not the way of the world and I know it is not politically correct to say any of this.

      • Frank Rizzo

        So what are you willing to cut…how can you limit what public employees make such as teachers..custodial…ground pounder everyday employees and expect them to survive in nj where rents are high let alone cost to buy housing…a car costs a teacher the same as it does me..a gallon of gas too…a teacher makes about 60k i estimate on average….how much an hour is that…maybe 30 dollars plus….health bennies should be lower if Trump gets jis way…but can employees be blamed for the government’s failure to us all in that area…

      • Smokin

        What’s the pay outs for pensions with vacation and sick days added in ?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Pensions…pensions…pensions…its a distraction from Christie who did nothing to combat fraud and corruption…did nothing to end Abbott Districts….did nothing to stop applying my property tax to build low income housing in other cities…pensions are whats bothering people who would like one…but not the issue at all as to why we are in this condition. The employee pays into it as does the employer…nothing different from a 401k or other programs used by employers such as reduced stock purchase programs which our teachers cannot get. Christie will get a pension for life after 8 years as governor…a teacher earns it after 20th year or more….will Christie take his ir leave it as an example.

      • KaayC

        Very valid points Frank. Pensions do bother those without them, but they need to realise teachers were underpaid for a lot of years in order to recieve pensions. Not as much now. Now that the salaries are a little better people bellyache. Jelousy makes the tongue bitter. I think reasonable people are aware the teachers put up with a lot. Administrators not so much, exception being school principals.

      • Smokin

        Depending on school districts if the teacher gets what there worth some schools underpay there teachers do to bugets I get it but in a few schools the salarys are just fantastic after 5 years and those better paying positions don’t come available because the teachers work till they cant 30 to 40 years in some cases the kids suffer

      • Frank Rizzo

        I agree and especially in Bergen County towns..that being said our homes are only as good as the school system is.

      • KaayC

        Yep, but the teachers hang on because they are basically unemployable once tenured. As I constantly point out no teacher w.o. major juice can secure work once over two years time served.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Not true…look at the bio’s for most principals and Super’s of districts…they come from the outside and move around a lot….most teachers do stay in one place as long as it is good and tolerable. they would look to bail from Lakewood early on if they could

      • KaayC

        Yep, I was referring to teachers not administrators. Supt’s come from all over which brings another cause of high taxes – Supt’s that act as interims, are often collecting a pension and working as interims thereby double-dipping. I know a supt who did that for years jumping from district to district. Of course you are aware of our town’s debacle where we are paying for two – plus legal expenses. I say either you are retired or not. If you are retired you should not be able to work for another district in the state of NJ. Why pay a person twice for one position? If you are actively employed you should have the right to jump districts, but again, no school board will hire a teacher from another district after two or three years of experience barring a friends and family network or a shortage of a particular content area. I would imagine principals can jump around as you say because nowadays it has become a headache job that not many people can handle and I believe there were shortages in recent years, but again, they are admin.

      • Smokin

        Frank I was not complaining about pensions I was just asking what the dollar amount and what chunk in dollars is it part of the budget and I’d mention it was 80% of salaries and benefits but add in the pensions and what’s that dollar amount just curious

      • Frank Rizzo

        I’m not sure what the contracts are and what they state a teacher gets when they walk out the door. I know these big pay outs did happen, but I think newer contract with the unions address them especially for newer employees. Like I said…an employer has to pay something to the employees retirement as is the case with a 401K so I doubt we could eliminate this all together and if we did how much we’d save. School vouchers…lets take our kids to private schools where this stuff does not exists and slim the public ones down is an option, however I do not have the money to pay for it unless you give me my tax money back to do it.

      • KaayC

        I worked a job with a 401 k where the employer contributed NOTHING. Thankfully I worked another job with a modest pension. My point is, employers do not always contribute.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Yes…better ones do,,,bigger ones,,,do…would you want that turn over in the school system

      • KaayC

        No I wouldn’t but some of the private and alternative operations do. It is built in obsolescence. In and out before salary requirements rise. Hell they even shut down claiming bankruptcy and reopen in new towns hiring all new entry level staff. And sadly the school taxes support this when out of district referrals are made.

      • KaayC

        That’s a Tale of Two Christies as I have previously pointed out. Christie Whitman and Chris Christie. Whitman began the nonsense of borrowing from the pensions and not paying back. Kick the can down the road. But she was a nice wholesome looking “farm girl” and got away with it. Now Chris Christie points out how the system is going broke, but gives the one percent tax breaks. They both suck.

      • KaayC

        I do not think most people are after the teachers, their salaries or their bennies package.
        Suggestions already made by Virtus and myself included: 1 Implementation of Solar energy
        2 Implementation of email in lieu of
        paper
        3 Housing students in district in lieu of
        farming out to cash cow privatisation. Other oftentimes suggested and ignored suggestions are to have the ivory tower theoretician coordinators, LDTC’s, School Psychologists and Supts. work regionally rather by district. They are the heavy wood in school districts as regards salaries, not the rank and file teachers.
        These are among the cuts I would be willing to implement if we are to continually be operating in the red as far as schools are concerned and getting nowhere as far as real repairs.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Brick is way too big to share services…its not point or manasqaun…

      • KaayC

        All the more reason why they should be solvent – a broader tax base.

      • Frank Rizzo

        The more kids..the more you have to provide….How much is spent on English as a second language classes which we never had before..and why are we obligated to pay for that

      • KaayC

        Agreed. Honestly preaching to the choir there Frank. There was a study done in Florida which found three generations of families receiving ESL services. That means a grandparent, their child and their grandchild never learned English. This happened multiple times! In some districts the teachers refuse to teach in English as they are supposed to do, with explanation or clarification given as needed. They were recorded speaking only Spanish. Are we a sanctuary city? Not sure. Another cost saving measure to add to the list. Bienvenido Estados Unidos, ahora habla Ingles por favor. ( Welcome to America, now please speak English.)

      • KaayC

        Also, Point and Manasquan would be perfect candidates for consolidation of services actually! Your point about Brick being too big may be a valid one.

      • Salaries and benefits are a little over 80% of the total budget.

      • Smokin

        Close to a million

      • Jessica Clayton

        Wouldn’t it be amazing if the state and/or federal government moved to a single payer healthcare or medicare-for-all system and then all the money we waste on the healthcare portion of the employees benefits packages could be funneled directly to our students and the infrastructure projects the schools need?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Single payer is code for the US Government paying for it. The government does nothing well or efficient…thats why we are having this discussion about taxes now…explain why it would be better your wau

      • Jessica Clayton

        Check out this article to understand more clearly: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8172086. “With NHI, $592 billion would be saved annually by cutting the administrative waste of some 1,300 private health insurers ($476 billion) and reducing pharmaceutical prices to European levels ($116 billion). These savings would be enough to cover all of the 44 million uninsured (at the time of his study) and upgrade benefits for all other Americans, even including dental and long-term care.”

      • Frank Rizzo

        Why does tax money need to be used to cut waste from private industry…let the free market see who can do it cheaper by allowing insurance to be de regulated and bought over state lines…its a monopoly right now by the few carriers who are allowed to sell in NJ

      • Jessica Clayton

        I can’t imagine that working the same way single payer will. Look at this quote from the aforementioned article, “Cost controls would include negotiated annual budgets with hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities, negotiated fees with physicians and other health care professionals, and bulk purchasing for prescription drugs, as the Veterans Administration has done for many years in getting 40 percent discounts.”

      • Virtus

        So why not switch every school to solar energy and save some money there, not saying all the money needed will be saved, but saving is saving. Also cut costs of the mass amount of paper sent home with the kids. We get stacks of flyers every day sent home, why not email them instead ? just about everyone has access to email, why not send all this information via email and cut paper, printing, labor costs ? Thats just two ideas, I am sure there are many other ways to cut wasteful spending, just need to look into it and find the way.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Solar would cost how much to install..and we would still need to use electricity anyway

      • Virtus

        I got my solar free form the company, it just has to be on the roof for 20 years. they installed it, they maintain it. My bill went from 190.00 a month down to 85.00 a month. To me that’s a big savings, imagine what we could save on a bigger scale with all the juice all our schools use.

      • Smokin

        Probably 500k in salaries not adding medical packages

      • T. Pardee

        Sometimes I think you don’t like Frank.

      • KaayC

        Sometimes we need a referee, but they are regulars here lol.

      • Frank Rizzo

        J W does not like J W…thats all our problem being around angry low esteem people

  • Surfrider

    Wow….Maslow, haven’t heard about him since college days! But hopefully the powers to be in the school do not need him, just as you suggest, like any responsible logical person should know how to make up a priority list, with the most important needs at the top! Get the “hook” if these people need to read about Maslow. And with current budget restraints, just have to have a pecking order over time……

    • Jessica Clayton

      Yes. That’s why I’m surprised the board approved paying for an $81,000 plan (just the plan, not any work) to reorganize the drop off area of parking lots at Vet’s Middle/Elementary School when we have much more pressing concerns. If they are not going to use common sense, they should at least fall back on education research to guide them.

      • Rosesalute

        Kind of funny this comes out just as Brick is redistricting to spread out the Maple Leaf students. They state due to overcrowding, however enrollment is down. So the best idea the board of ed can come up with is “oh let’s pack them into that nice little Herbertsville school” outrage

  • J W

    Is there air conditioning at old brick yet?

    • T. Pardee

      Yes, but only in the winter.

  • KaayC

    Yah we are supposed to pony up on the kick the can down the road politics while the township ordinance code allow for rent- by-the hour properties. I am not referring to seasonal rental units. The town is allowing these weekend rentals via VRBO.com in formerly residential areas. They are collecting state tax on these party houses too! I am not talking ocean front properties either. Are we suddenly Lavellete, Point boardwalk or Belmar? This, coupled with the Schtickel Pioneers (http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2016/07/rabbi-brooklyn-jews-encouraged-to-be-shtickle-pioneers-to-settle-ocean-county/) make this place unliveable! Good luck on collecting tax revenue on this! I now feel even more inclined in joining the 3500 other families up outta here. Counting the months. If I cant sell ti a Schtickle Pioneer this too will be a rent by the hour via http://www.vrbo.com! The town is nutz with their lack of code enforcement.

  • Frank Rizzo

    How about we allow people to opt out of public schools…school choice…

  • Frank Rizzo

    School choice…allow people to opt out of public schools..apply their tax money to private schools who could compete and do it cheaper…

  • Surfrider

    agreed….but not a lot of common sense seems ever to be used…..

  • Frank Rizzo

    Go to the facebook group monmouth and ocean counties strong. 1.8 mill a month was going to this school from lakewood twp…finally an arrest

    • KaayC

      OMG I was not aware! ” The School for Hidden Intelligence” ? You couldn’t make this ish up. That alone should have been a red flag. I am telling you these alternate schools are a scam. They put on a tap dance routine when monitored once every five years cause the cash is good. He should go to The Jail for Hidden Criminals.

  • Rosesalute

    This is what they’re concerned about???? Kind of funny this comes out just as Brick is redistricting to spread out the Maple Leaf students. They state due to overcrowding, however enrollment is down. So the best idea the board of ed can come up with is “oh let’s pack them into that nice little Herbertsville school” outrage