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Elizabeth V. Edwards School In Barnegat May Have A Future

School officials looking at ways to generate revenue with the school, which closed several years ago

by Patricia A. Miller

It was once called Barnegat High School. It later called the Elizabeth V. Edwards Elementary School. It's even been rumored to be haunted.

But the Barnegat Board of Education doesn't want the historic structure - built in 1930 - to sit idle.

The board is considering several revenue-generating options for the school, which was closed several years ago.

"Barnegat Board of Education members believe there are opportunities which will benefit the community as well as the district," Superintendent Karen Wood said. "They recognize both the historic value of the school as well as the potential for a renaissance of downtown Barnegat."

Potential partnerships could bring more business to the downtown area and help reduce the tax burden on residents, she said.

"Details will be released after all options are considered and the board has selected the best choice for both the district and the community of Barnegat," Wood said.

The school still has the original auditorium, auditorium seats, antique moldings and many other features related to the era, she said.


Howard Effron May 09, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Have to agree with Maxine. Raze it. It's a money pit. But I will guarantee that will NEVER happen. It has such historical value, yea right. Let Matt from Recycling the Past salvage it and anybody who wants to buy a piece of Barnegat history can pay for it themselves. Remember the "historical" Shack on the way to LBI, well it's gone now and nobody really cares. Sometimes you just have to let stuff go if it makes financial sense.
Ken Bank May 09, 2014 at 07:11 PM
What about a Performing Arts Center? I know just the person who could manage it.
CPO Rob May 10, 2014 at 06:37 AM
Once again the comments here are missing the point. Now am not sure if they are transplants here or not, but Barnegat High building is a great building and part of our history. If marketed correctly, (Not likely with Barnegat’s Government) this building can be sold for a whole myriad of uses. But to tear it down to make way for more failing business and empty stores is not the way to go.
Susan May 10, 2014 at 08:02 AM
I believe Maxine Blumenthal is correct. There is asbestos, mold, lead paint, water in basement. Would cost a fortune to bring up to code. I also believe the building was closed prior to 2013.
Susan May 10, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Asbestos is safe as long as you don't disturb it. Isn't that right? There has been an ongoing problem with the basement flooding and I am sure there is a mold issue too. I do believe though all this could be remediated but would that cost be offset by this new income. That remains to be seen. My confidence in how things are managed in a cost effective way is pretty shaky at best. I have seen great misuse of tax payer dollars. Its a real shame people are not honest and trust worthy. A real shame indeed. I am here almost 30 years now as a resident. You can not prove by me that this makes sense after what I have seen.

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