Progress Reports

Construction Updates – 2.14.2017

Bond Referendum work will begin at HMHS in June of 2017. At this time many of the timelines are tentative, but we feel it is time to begin to share some of the preliminary adjustments we will be making during the construction period.       Below you will find the Summary of Work, a Tentative Schedule, and Anticipated Adjustments.

Summary of Work:

  • “A” wing and “C” wing roof replacement
  • Reconstruction of exterior concrete stairs; barrier-free accessible routes to “A” wing and “B” wing; sidewalk replacement along Sylvan Avenue
  • “B” wing gym structural repairs and exterior wall reconstruction; window and exterior door replacement; roofing replacement; MEP system alterations
  • Reconstruction of “B” wing 2-story section (includes cafeteria, kitchen, toilet rooms, dance/aux gym)
  • Extend chilled water supply and return piping to unit ventilator coils in twenty-two classrooms; BAS system upgrades
  • Boiler upgrades
  • Conversion of “C” wing faculty room, guidance office and home economics classroom into new science lab and practical arts lab
  • Stadium restoration (includes masonry and concrete repairs, press box repairs and restoration, cleaning of all façade surfaces and concrete underside; running track resurfacing)

Tentative Schedule

  • Mobilize 6/17/17
  • “C” wing science and practical arts lab completion 11/30/17
  • “A” wing classrooms and office areas HVAC and related work completion 9/8/17
  • “C” wing roof replacement complete by 9/8/17
  • “A” wing roof replacement completion 12/15/17
  • Auditorium HVAC completion 6/1/18
  • “B” wing reconstruction 1/16/19
  • Stadium restoration 6/20/17 – 12/1/17
  • Running track restoration 7/5/18 – 8/15/18

Anticipated Adjustments

The changes listed below are preliminary plans. Details to these plans and additional necessary changes will be communicated.

  • High School graduation will remain at HMHS Stadium
  •  Lunches
    • Lunches will be held in three areas
      • Bleachers in the A Gym
      • Heated tents in the courtyard
      • Right side of the library
    • Food Services will set up kiosks and provide grab and go style food offers
  • Physical Education Classes
    • Classes will be held in the A Gym and on the turf fields
    • Different activities will be offered
    • Most Health classes will be offered in quarters two and three
  • Athletics
    • 2017 Fall season
      • Varsity field hockey, boys and girls soccer home games at the HMHS turf
      • Varsity home football games at Cherry Hill HS West
      • Sub-Varsity football games and varsity football scrimmages at the HMHS turf
      • No changes for practice schedule
    • 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Winter season (projected completion of B gym renovation mid-January 2019)
      • HMHS Boys and Girls Basketball home games (all levels) at Cherry Hill East
      • HMHS Boys and Girls Basketball practices at Haddonfield Middle School
      • No changes for Haddonfield Middle School home boys and girls basketball games
      • HMS Boys and Girls Basketball practices at Central School
      • HMHS and HMS Wrestling home matches at HMHS A gym
    • 2018 Spring Season
      • No changes


BOND REFERENDUM COSTS COME IN LOWER THAN EXPECTED

In regard to the District’s Successful Bond Referendum Initiative, the sale of the $35 million in bonds to finance the referendum projects came in at a significantly better cost than the District had originally estimated. Originally, the estimates for tax impacts, involving this bond referendum, had been estimated for the public at a cost of $300.49 per year for the average house in Haddonfield over a 25-year-period. However, the actual costs, after the sale of these bonds, will be $258.66 per-household a year over a 20-year time period. Thus, the District has cut five years of financing entirely from a proposed 25-year payback period and are still saving taxpayers more than $40 per year for the average household.

The rate for these 20-year bonds will be 2.3958 % versus the referendum’s estimate of 3.53 % for the 25-year bonds. Therefore, the District has saved the taxpayers more than $8 million from the original estimates presented to pay for these referendum projects. In addition, the increase from the referendum to taxpayers will be implemented over a two-year time period. So, for the 6/30/2018 budget year, the tax increase will be only 2.08 % and for the 6/30/2019 budget year, there will be only an additional 1.38 %.  These figures, however, will be in addition to whatever regular school budget increase is approved for the operational costs each school year.

Over the 2016 summer, schematic drawings of major projects were prepared for submission to the Department of Education. Communications systems were repaired and installed, involving District phone and intercom systems. Construction of the bulk of the referendum initiatives, such as with the B-Wing of the high school and its new gymnasium and cafeteria, is likely to begin in the summer of 2017 and last two years. Other much needed building repairs will include masonry, roofs, and District-wide building envelope needs. Thank you again for supporting the Bond Referendum that will have significant positive impacts for our students in the decades to come.

– Superintendent Dr. Richard Perry