Freehold Borough school board OKs infrastructure upgrades

FREEHOLD – The Freehold Borough K-8 School District Board of Education has authorized the use of a maintenance reserve fund to pay for projects at school facilities.

On Dec. 10, board members authorized an appropriation of up to $5,025 from the maintenance reserve to finance roof repairs at the Park Avenue Complex, Park Avenue, which houses the Park Avenue Elementary School and the Freehold Intermediate School, and at the Freehold Learning Center elementary school, Dutch Lane Road.

The roof repairs are considered to be required maintenance under state statute, according to the resolution.

Board members also approved a project to correct drainage problems adjacent to the Park Avenue Complex softball field. An appropriation of $5,000 from the maintenance reserve fund was authorized.

According to a resolution, the board’s architect and civil engineer have prepared a sketch for revised grading adjacent to the softball field to redirect storm water drainage.

The project is considered required maintenance under state statute and in order to properly maintain the grounds, the board has a need to maintain proper drainage of surface water away from the fields and neighboring properties.

In other business, board members acknowledged the receipt of new placement results from the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC), which is the New Jersey Department of Education’s monitoring and district self-evaluation system for public school districts. The placement results designate Freehold Borough as high performing, according to district administrators.

The areas of QSAC are instruction and program, fiscal management, governance, operations and personnel. In the initial placement from June 2017 and the interim placement from November 2018, Freehold Borough received perfect marks in the areas of fiscal management, governance, operations and personnel, according to district administrators.

The only area in which Freehold Borough did not receive a perfect 100 percent score was instruction and program. The school district received a score of 81 percent in the interim placement, which was an increase of 4 percent from the 77 percent the school district received in the initial placement.

Finally, the board accepted a donation of 623 new books for students at the Freehold Learning Center from the Bridge of Books Foundation, Holmdel.