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Building Improvements Mark Start of New School Year in Brick

Bleachers, science labs, track among biggest ticket items

Board of Education member Walter F. Campbell said it would have been only a matter of time before tragedy might have struck.

His theory on the condition of the football field bleachers may have been proven correct over the summer, as crews dismantled the old home team side bleachers before installing new ones.

"As they were taking them down, they snapped," said Campbell, explaining that the steel girders that were responsible for carrying the load of hundreds of football fans nearly disintegrated. "In another year or two, we would've had a catastrophic situation on our hands."

The $625,200 project saw the installation of new bleachers for the home team side that will greet fans when the Dragons take the field this season.

The visitor's side bleachers "aren't in bad shape," Campbell, who has become the go-to board members on facilities projects, said.

Other improvement projects that got off the ground over the summer include the installation of a new track at , as well as a refurbishing of the school's auditorium.

"The kids were running in the woods, near cars," said Campbell, of the Mustangs track team during practices. "We had to have that taken care of. When they built the thing umpteen years ago, they didn't put a solid base underneath," rendering it useless.

The track project is about done, except for striping which will be painted once the weather improves. The auditorium should be completed by November.

Brick Memorial's main gym was also refurbished with a new floor over the summer. The old one was buckling. Crews are now smoothing out the surface in order to complete the project.

Back at Old Brick, many of the lockers in the locker rooms – some of which have been there since the school opened – were replaced. The bathrooms were all restored to working order, Campbell said, and exterior doors and windows have been replaced, with more slated to be replaced this fall.

BTHS science students will also have new labs in which to work this year. The lab upgrade project – which will see the renovation of three first-floor science classrooms and the expansion of two small upper floor rooms – should be mostly done by late fall, said Campbell. The upper floor rooms could take a bit longer, he said.

The board allocated $2.4 million last spring for the science room renovation plan.

At both high schools, gym lighting has been upgraded to improve energy efficiency.

received a new main roof, while Lake Riviera students should have a new locker room when they return from Thanksgiving break later this fall.

Campbell said he and the other board members prioritized projects, working on the "liabilities first."

Brickmom3 September 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
LOVE that I called the school the other day for a printed out copy of something & they told me they where not able to send me a piece of paper BCZ of budget cuts & that my taxes would go up??? REALLYYY!! the taxes go up every year ANYWAY... maybe instead of worrying about how many pieces of paper are used, Look at your salaries that have to be budget in every yr that are OVER 165,000 ... You can Buy A LOT a paper with that amount of $$ Glad to see Something FINALLY being done for the kids!!
JD September 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Robert... The fields at the HS are available to the public!! I believe the turf field at vets middle school is managed by the schools... ie. rentals. Primarily for the midget football and some middle school sports... an occassional youth soccer game. The Drum Point turf is managed by rec... primarily for midget football... you will see other sports played there also like lax, soccer, etc.. I may have seen HS lax practice and play there..
Robert September 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The DPSC is maintained by the Parks Dept. The reason the turf fields went in is because the pop warner used to use the High Schools fields for games and they would not last with the amount of games they play now & high school use. and before u say why not just turn hs field into turf i will answer that the turf was not technology wise the best so playing on grass for high school kids injury status on turf still reports of knee injurys had to type fast sorry if i jumped around. if wondering I was born and raised in Brick and proud of it. Dragons keep your heads up its a long season plenty of time to righten the ship. PRIDE & TRADITION
Jerry Belle September 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The schools have all gone "green" - no more paper forms, encouraging sustainability, more economical, etc..etc... Guess who has to print out the forms though - YOU, ME, PARENTS! Now the costs for printer ink and paper charges are passed onto us to cover....isn't that wonderful?! Need to send your Automobile Ins. carrier a report card for good grades? You print it out. Need copies of bus passes - you print it out.
DennyD September 08, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Great job by the Stangs!!

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