Montvale Approves $7 Million School Expansion

The Montvale School Board made significant strides in their recent meeting, most notably awarding a $7 million contract for a new addition to the Memorial Elementary School and celebrating the retirement of two long-serving staff members. The board also discussed financial matters, personnel changes, and future plans for the 2023-2024 academic year.

At the meeting, the board approved a contract with Belmont Construction for a significant expansion at Memorial Elementary School. Valued at $7,087,000, this addition project reflects the district’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the learning environment for its students.

In a touching moment of the meeting, two members of the school district, Doris Bartel and Barbara Nolan, were celebrated for their long and exemplary service. Bartel and Nolan have served the district for thirteen and twenty-two years respectively. Dr. Petersen, the Superintendent of Schools, congratulated the retirees, highlighting their valuable contributions to the district over the years.

The Montvale School Board also demonstrated a forward-thinking approach by approving the Safe Reopening Plan for the 2023-2024 school year, endorsing the Montvale Professional Development Institute Summer 2023 Curriculum work, and authorizing staff for the Summer Essential Learning Program, funded by the District’s American Rescue Plan Grant Allocation.

Finally, several grants were accepted by the Board, including a state-wide climate awareness initiative grant of $6,660, a STEM Classroom Grant of $1,000 from Orange & Rockland, and a generous donation of $25,000 from Montvale PTO for a digital sign at Memorial Elementary School. These financial injections will support various projects aimed at improving the learning experience in the district.

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