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Superintendent’s Corner: Fields, Music Room

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Rui-DionisioThe Verona Planning Board will hold a special meeting for the VHS upper and lower field project on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, New Jersey. This project will include remediation of the upper field with synthetic turf and lights, and synthetic turf for the lower fields. The Verona Public Schools can submit the fields and tennis courts projects to bid and define the construction schedule once approval is obtained from the Verona Planning Board. We would like to thank the Field Committee, comprised of our community stakeholders, for all of their input throughout the entire field design process.

The Verona High School music room addition has experienced a slight delay. During site excavation, the engineers determined that the consistency of the soil was not suitable for the construction of the new foundation. Therefore, it was necessary to remove the existing soil and replace it with suitable fill. The soil that was stockpiled on the Sampson Drive side of the music room has been removed off site to an approved disposal location. Additional soil may need to be removed in the future as a new drainage system is constructed. The music room foundation will be built in the Spring once warmer weather is more conducive to foundation construction. The completion of the music room is anticipated for Summer 2016.

The remaining referendum projects will improve our heating and ventilation infrastructure at VHS, renovate the VHS cafeteria kitchen, and complete necessary masonry repairs. These projects are on schedule for Summer 2016. We will continue to provide updates at our public Board of Education meetings and notices like this one in the coming months.

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