Following the decision to accept all qualified applicants to Bialik for the fall of 2007, expanding Bialik became an urgent priority. As a result, we have additional classrooms and an art studio on a new third floor, an enlarged and renovated cafeteria, and a new state-of-the-art science lab. This construction phase will be followed by a second one that will see an addition of a gymnasium and performing arts facilities, the latter contingent upon fundraising, which prompted the establishment of the Bialik Expansion Campaign Cabinet. The project is expected to cost $6.5 million for both phases. JPPS-Bialik is in the fortunate position of being able to leverage capital from its endowment funds, such as the Mettarlin Fund, and the additional students will bring additional revenues that ultimately made the decision very easy to go ahead with Phase I.
The Bialik Expansion Campaign Cabinet, co-chaired by Michael Eliesen and Matt Newpol, is made up of: Lisa (Blatt) ’81 and James Alexander, Naomi Blumer, Shelley Cohen, Richard Rubin, Sara and Irwin Tauben and Daniel Turner. A Case for Support enumerates the naming opportunities. Our goal during this quiet phase of the campaign is to secure $1.7 million of a $3.5 million target by January 2008 so as to allow the school to comfortably move ahead with Phase II without interruption and at significant cost savings.