Students return back to Pinelands Regional High School

Students return to Pinelands Regional High School last month after a three-month-long closing due to concerns about student exposure to a roof rehabilitation project. Officials are considering multiple options in finishing construction.

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — No decision has been made yet on what to do with Pinelands Regional High School next year as the district will embark on another phase of its multiyear, $53 million rehabilitation project.

Acting Superintendent Cheryl Stevenson said Tuesday that all options, including closing the school for the 2018-19 school year, are still on the table.

“At this time, the board of education is exploring options and no determination has been made,” Stevenson said.

Pinelands Regional High School recently closed for three months after concerns arose about student exposure from the roof rehabilitation project. Students were put on a split-session schedule at the junior high school from October through January.

Last month, contractors Brooks Garrison of Garrison Architects and Chuck Romanoli of New Road Construction presented options to the Board of Education for the second phase of the project. One of the options was to use trailers located next to the school while the building was closed in portions for construction. Another consideration is split schedules.

Remaining portions of the project at the high school include exterior doors and windows replacement, exterior brick repairs, new HVAC systems, bathroom renovations, and library and main entrance renovations.

The next board of education meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Pinelands Regional Junior High School. The meeting will be broadcast live on

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