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Brick BOE to Award ‘No Bid’ Contract for Referendum Preparation

Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday to hire an architectural firm that will be tasked with developing a referendum for voters.

The board is set to award the contract to Netta Architects, its firm of record, with no competitive bidding, according to a meeting agenda released Tuesday. The firm would be paid $25,000 for their services, and the contract would last from June 1, 2017 until  June 30, 2018.

In this year’s school budget, the board set aside $25,000 for the referendum to be drawn up. Officials said they would likely ask taxpayers for $12 million, which would amount to an approximately equal tax impact since payments on a previous referendum passed in 1996 is expiring. If approved, a $12 million plan would equal about $500,000 in spending per year.

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Earlier this spring, Brick officials laid out more than $12.5 million in repairs that are needed district-wide. In a previous report from Shorebeat, it was reported that the $12.5 million in repairs would 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.

The board is scheduled to meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Brick Memorial High School.

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