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KRSD.ORG by James Lavender, March 7, 2016
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Courier Post by Ken Hampshire, Mar. 4, 2016
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SJ Times by Rebecca Forand, Mar. 3, 2016
The Board of Education has recently given the green light to seek voter approval, through referendum, for several facility improvements. The special question will appear on the ballot during the general election scheduled for November 8, 2016. The proposed project totals $3.92 million and addresses a number of critical issues facing the District. This project has been significantly paired down from the project presented to voters during the March 8, 2016 special election, which was defeated. (See the October 20th Community Presentation by clicking here.)
"We surveyed our school community to gain a better understanding of what they would be willing to support. We have a number of issues we must address as a result of student population growth and refined the current proposal so that we can best meet the District's critical needs while taking into consideration community feedback," said Dr. James J. Lavender, Superintendent. "The original referendum included a number of requests and cost three times more than the current proposal. I believe the community will see that we listened and responded accordingly."
The improvements include a new eight-lane rubberized surface track, field event upgrades, visitor side bleacher relocation due to expanded track surface, new fencing around football and varsity baseball stadiums, new 1-story storage building, and the renovation of an existing storage facility into transportation offices and additional garage bays. The project will be financed through the issuance of 15-year bonds, if approved by voters. To learn more about the proposed projects please review the FAQs by clicking here.
The projects will be financed through the issuance of 15 year bonds, if approved by voters. The tax impacts range from $1.91 to $3.33 per month for district homeowners. The annual impact per average assessed home is as follows: Swedesboro - $23.27; East Greenwich - $29.91; Woolwich - $35.81; and, South Harrison - $40.22.
In addition to communicating this proposal to the community-at-large through electronic media and direct mail, the District has scheduled a presentation on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the High School’s East Cafeteria.