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Friday, May 17, 2013

Hamilton district’s schools flunk architect’s exam

HAMILTON — The grades are in, and for many of Hamilton Township’s school buildings, they aren’t good.
The district’s architectural firm, Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie, PC, compiled a report card that gave each of the 24 schools in the district a letter grade, which it presented to the board this week. The Trentonian obtained a copy through an Open Public Records Act request.
The report card comes as part of the district’s larger review of the structural problems it faces in its 24 schools. A preliminary estimate of the price to fix the district’s schools totaled out at $134 million over the next five years.
The firm will also work on further reports that will include cost estimates for the repairs and renovations it outlines, along with a larger capital project list for the board to review.
Board Vice President Joe Malagrino, the head of the Facilities Committee, said the committee and the district will still need to take more information into account before making decisions about the schools.
“This is still premature, we still have to digest and gather more information and figure out where we are going with this,” he said at Tuesday’s board meeting.
You can read the full story here.


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