Welcome to the Road to Referendum Web Page
Updated: September 15, 2013 - The Board of Education has recently approved submission of an application to the state for funding of projects which were considered under the referendum plan. If we are successful there may be an impact on the cost to the average taxpayer. The state has until December of 2013 to decide on those applications. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Updated: March 15, 2013 - At the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013 the Board of Education voted to direct the architectural consultants to submit project applications and seek approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to move ahead with the plan and ultimately put forth a public referendum to the community in September of 2013. Please review the presentation on that plan for further details.
March 12, 2013 - At the Special Board of Education Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013, the Board heard a final presentation on a facilities improvement plan that is being recommended as the proposed Referendum Action Plan. The Board will vote on Thursday, March 14, 2013 on whether or not to direct the architectural consultants to submit project applications and seek approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to move ahead with the plan and ultimately put forth a public referendum to the community in September of 2013.
The scope of this recommendation is significantly different than presentations previously shown to the Board and various community groups. This presentation continues to address the capacity issues of concern to the District and still allows for grade re-configuration and capital improvements. However, in this presentation, there is no longer reference to the construction of new Board administrative offices or to creating a new Alternative Program School; the addition to Hillcrest School has been limited in scope to adding four (4) new classrooms and the scope of the capital improvements around the district has been pared down as well to reduce costs. The capital improvements presented in the Referendum Action Plan will primarily focus on safety issues and will allow the district to address some, but not all, improvements necessitated by the aging infrastructure of the buildings.
The presentation also provides details on the projected costs of a new elementary school along with additions and alterations to Elizabeth Avenue School and Sampson G. Smith School. The presentation also provides cost information for the capital improvements and targeted construction work at Hillcrest, Pine Grove Manor, Franklin Park & Annex, Conerly Road, MacAfee, and Franklin Middle School. Click to view the presentation and summary document.
February 21, 2013: Thank you to the over 30 individuals who attended the Community Forum last night. A summary of topics discussed will be posted shortly. There were several slides shown last night which differ from the original powerpoint which had been shown at the Board of Education meeting on December 20, 2012. Those will also be posted with links shortly.
February 20, 2013 - Community Forum Tonight: Sampson G. Smith School, 7 - 9 pm. Click here to see tonight's agenda.
February 1, 2013 - Upcoming Events: There will be several opportunities in the month of February for various groups and members of our community to once again hear a presentation on the proposed referendum and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback regarding this matter.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm - PTO meeting at Elizabeth Avenue School [click here for a summary of the PTO meeting presentation]
- Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7 pm - PTO meeting at Hillcrest School
- Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7 pm - Community Forum at Sampson G. Smith School
- Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7 pm - Adult Community Presentation
- Monday, March 11, 2013 - 7:30 Special Board of Education Meeting at Franklin Middle School
All are invited and encouraged to attend the Community Forum on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Sampson G. Smith School at 7 pm and the Special Board of Education Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm at Franklin Middle School.
December 21, 2012 - At the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, December 20, 2012, a presentation entitled the "Road to Referendum" was shared with the Board of Education, District staff and members of the public. Richard Seamon, Chair of the Facilities Committee; Edward Seto, Superintendent and Jeanne Perantoni of SSP Architectural Group outlined the proposed facility improvement plan. This plan includes a focus on three areas: educational organization and facility design; enrollment and capacity and infrastructure renewal and repairs. A copy of the presentation appears to the left of this page.
Of note in the plan is the re-organization of grade levels: elementary schools will serve students in grade levels Pre-K through 5; an additional elementary school will be created on on property owned by the Board on Claremont Road; and Sampson G. Smith School will be converted to an additional Middle School for grades 6 - 8.
Additions to two of our existing elementary schools, Elizabeth Avenue School and Hillcrest School, are also proposed. These additions will help to accommodate the anticipated growth in student enrollment over the next few years.
Finally, the plan proposes capital renewal and replacement work to all of the schools of the District. The scope of such work varies from school to school with emphasis being placed on energy efficient projects.
The next step on this Road to Referendum will focus on public input on the proposed facility improvement plan. Attached is the presentation with links provided for further information.* These links relate back to prior Board approved plans - the MGT Report; Long Range Facilities Plan and Strategic Plan. The Long Range Facilities Plan and the Strategic Plan were created with community input. Your input on the facility improvement plan will also be necessary for its success.
So please review the presentation, follow the links and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. Ms. Clark will forward them to the appropriate individuals. Responses will be given to those who posed the question and posted for all. A workshop concerning the facility improvement plan will also be held after the New Year.