BAY HEAD — In a workshop meeting last week, the Bay Head Board of Education [BOE] and Superintendent Adam Angelozzi discussed details of a planned preschool program that would be housed in the former borough library building, beginning in the fall of 2024.
Plans for a preschool program first surfaced in February and gained momentum in June, when the borough’s library was moved from the building at 140 Meadow Ave. to a smaller space in borough hall after the district did not renew the library’s lease on the building.
A public hearing and likely council vote is scheduled for Nov. 6 on an official transfer of the former library property [Block 44, lot 5] to the school district, after which renovations of the facility would begin.
During the workshop session, Superintendent Angelozzi said preschool program tuition could range between $7,000 to $10,000, and the program would operate from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
He provided a comparison with neighboring programs in the area for the school board’s consideration.
Lavallette’s preschool program, called the Montessori Program, is $6,500 for residents and $9,500 for non-residents and runs from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ocean County Early Childhood Center costs $7,290 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. St. Dominic School costs $6,400 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Point Beach Prep costs $6,990 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for three days of the week. Atlantis Prep costs $10,000 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Superintendent Angelozzi also estimated operational costs for the facility. For one teacher and one aide for the program, he estimated a combined salary cost of $133,000 yearly. He also talked about supplies, would cost between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on what supplies the BOE wants to purchase for the program.
He cited one-time purchases, such as the furniture for the building, which would cost between $25,000 and $40,000, and a playground that would cost between $15,000 and $40,000.
While these numbers are subject to change, one aspect the board did agree on is that the building does need to be renovated, regardless of whether or not it will be used for the preschool program.
Interim Business Administrator Christine Galvao confirmed this, adding that some details, such as the size of restrooms, could differ.
Superintendent Angelozzi estimated these renovation costs for the building to be $225,000. However, the board is still waiting to hear back from a grant it has applied for, the Regular Operating District [ROD] Grant, which would cover $90,000 of the total costs. Ms. Galvao confirmed that the BOE will not hear back from the state on the status of their application for at least another month.
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