The Ivy Hall Preschool

TIME CHANGE NOTICE:

The Regular Meeting of the Mountain Lakes Board of Educationscheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2018 will start at 7:00pm in the Auditorium at Mountain Lakes High School, 96 Powerville Road, Mountain Lakes, for the purposes of the appointments of the Athletic Director and the Assistant Principal for Mountain Lakes High School. Regular Session will resume at 7:30pm with a presentation from FKA Architects on the Referendum.


Referendum Update: Wildwood and Briarcliff Phase 1 Bids Rejected

On May 8, we received bids for Wildwood and Briarcliff Phase 1. The lowest responsible bid for the combined projects, including the Wildwood restrooms, came in at $5,339,000, which was 32% or $1,295,000 over budget, net of a $150,000 allowance. The primary reasons cited by our architects for the bids coming in above budget were: rising material costs and speculation about substantially higher future material costs due to U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports; higher transportation costs due to rising fuel prices resulting from the US's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord; and some modifications to the design specs requested by building stakeholders before final plans were submitted to the state in March 2018. At the time, these modifications were believed to be within the cost contingencies built into the budget.

On June 4, the Board voted to reject the current bids for Wildwood and Briarcliff phase one and therefore, construction will not begin this summer.

Currently, we are working with our architect, FKA, to determine if there are measures we can take to reduce costs without changing the scope of the projects in each building. This includes the high school, which has yet to go out for bid. FKA will be attending our next Board meeting on 6/26, at which time we will discuss courses of action including the cost reduction measures.


NJDOE

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The Ivy Hall Preschool at Lake Drive School

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Building the Foundation for Future Academic Success

The Ivy Hall Preschool is an innovative, preschool program that brings together general education students from the Mountain Lakes community and students with hearing loss, creating self-empowered learners in an atmosphere of respect. A team of teachers works together to provide an optimal learning environment for all the preschool students. There is also a full-time, certified school nurse in the building to address any health concerns.

Our curriculum has been designed to enhance readiness for full day Kindergarten at Wildwood School, as well as providing enriched learning experiences for all children. The students participate in thematic, hands-on cooperative learning while focusing on age appropriate social development. Students learn to interact and play with others, while being exposed to a rich curriculum focusing on language arts and mathematics.

The students in Ivy Hall Preschool participate in a daily special. This includes Art, Music and Physical Education.


Ivy Hall Preschool Open Houses

The Ivy Hall Preschool will be holding four Open Houses providing opportunities for parents to view our program. Please see our flyer for all pertinent information.

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