The township’s Board of Education is working on a number of projects across the school district as approval of a major electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning project at Brick Township High School has been approved.
The board, at its last meeting, unanimously approved a $713,000 contract awarded to Sodon’s Electric, Inc., of Atlantic Highlands, to perform electrical and HVAC upgrades at Brick Township High School. According to board member Larry Reid, the project includes upgrades to transformers at the school, as well as an upgrade to a 12 kilovolt electrical system from a 5 kilovolt electrical system that currently exists plus the replacements of the HVAC system.
“We would need increased electrical capacity if we were going to do with HVAC project,” said Reid, referring to the overall electrical upgrades to support the new system.
Brick Township High School will also complete a a repaving of the “front loop” of the parking lot by end of August, he said.
The projects at BTHS are only a few of what is in the works district-wide, Reid said. The district is in the midst of obtaining ROD – or regular operating district – grants to help fund the several million dollars worth of projects, including $1 million for new exterior doors at Brick Memorial High School, Lake Riviera Middle School, Drum Point Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School. Grants are also being sought for new and upgraded fire alarms at Brick Township High School, Drum Point Elementary School, Emma Havens Young Elementary School, Herbertsville Elementary School, Osbornville Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School.
The board is also in the planning stages of a $1.5 million project to add a new rooftop unit air conditioner at Brick Memorial High School as well as a building chiller, and a $2.8 million window replacement project at BMHS, Lake Riviera, Veterans Memorial Middle School, Drum Point Elementary School, Lanes Mill Elementary School, Osbornville Elementary School, Midstreams Elementary School and Veterans Memorial Elementary School.
ROD grants normally cover 40 percent of a project’s cost, while the remainder is provided by the district through it capital budget.