Annette Giaquinto

Superintendent Dr. Annette Giaquinto gave a preliminary presentation about next year’s budget at Monday night's board of education meeting.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The township Board of education Monday night, Feb. 26, awarded a $480,770 contract for automatic temperature controls and heating, ventilation and air conditioning control replacements at three schools.

The contract was awarded to Peterson Service Company Inc. for work at Arthur Rann and Smithville elementary schools and Pomona Preschool.

“They were the lowest, most qualified bidder,” said Joy N. Nixon, board secretary.

In addition, the board approved Mathusek Company to complete repairs and finishing services to the Smithville Elementary gymnasium for $54,835.

“During the freeze, there was a sprinkler that froze and burst,” Nixon said.

The district’s property and liability insurance will reimburse it for the repairs because it was weather-related damage. The deductable and school logo costs, which are $2,500 and $1,100, respectively, are not included.

The board also gave a preliminary presentation on next year’s budget.

There are still a few variables the board doesn’t know yet, such as the amount of state aid the district will receive, Superintendent Annette Giaquinto said.

”In one way, we are balancing instructional and noninstructional needs,” Giaquinto said. “We need to both make sure that our teachers and other staff members have the materials and things that they need to teach our students and meet the many different student needs. At the same time, on the noninstructional side, we need to keep our facilities safe, clean, well-maintained, our technology infrastructure and many other things that are not directly in the classroom but certainly support the classroom.”

An update on the budget will be given at the March 19 meeting.

The board must file a tentative budget to the state’s Department of Education by March 29. A public hearing will be held April 30 and the deadline to adopt the budget is May 14.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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