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First Floor Rebuilding Under Way at Middle School

Mold restoration efforts have been ongoing at the school since August

Rebuilding efforts at Manchester Township Middle School are under way, as nearly the entirety of the lower level has been cleaned, according to school district administration.

About 80 percent of the mold clean-up process has been completed on the school's first floor, Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway said in a recent statement on the district's website.

"Rebuilding is now under way in the newer part of the first floor," Trethaway said. "The floor has been leveled and repaired and the floor tile is being installed in the classrooms."

Mold was found in the building's downstairs in August and MTMS students have been attending Manchester Township High School in a split session schedule since the new school year started. Administrators have said that restoration may be completed in November, but Trethaway has said on several occasions that the building will not open until completely safe.

Last week, the newer section of the first floor has been tested and cleared. The entire second floor of the Ridgeway Road school has been cleaned and has passed testing this week, Trethaway said.

The specifications for a wood gym floor, which will replace carpeting in that space, have been advertised for bid and Business Administrator Craig Lorentzen has met with six flooring companies to review those plans, Trethaway said.

Bids are due in to administrators by Oct. 16, and the district's Board of Education is expected to award a contract during its Oct. 17 meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgeway Elementary School. 

It was announced in September that the district's insurance company attributed the mold growth to older improperly functioning equipment. As such, the company will cover the cost of the restoration, though it is still unclear what the project's final cost will be. The district's insurance policy has a $75,000 deductible, according to Lorentzen.

Trethaway again expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of those affected by the clean-up process.

"The work is proceeding well but it is important to note that each area is being tested and we are also working with the town to insure that everything else is compliant to the required specifications," he said.

NYTEWYND October 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Was a bid ever given for all the other work that has been done and is to be done.As far as I was told the only bid so far has been for the floor and nothing else.Isn't it standard procedure to bid on these type of jobs?
Mark Wendell October 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Why would they have to have bid anything? The only thing the school bought so far was the wood floor.
We Own The Night October 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I wonder how much it will cost the Manchester BOE to defend against the lawsuit that was started by Lakehurst Boro? Lakehurst Boro claims they were short changed with the abbreviated school day. Lakehurst and Manchester entered into a contract with spefific arrangements for curriculum and hours of attendance that was broken by Manchester. Lakehurst has every right to be pissed...
NYTEWYND October 09, 2012 at 11:20 PM
There was never a bid for the company to do the investigation,the clean up or the testing after the clean up.From what I understand any monies paid out or companies contracted need to go through a bidding process. Serve pro never submitted a bid either.If I am wrong on the bidding process please let me know.I have brought this up in the past without any answers.

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