Referendum

In Sayreville, ensuring the safety, security, and comfortability of the environments that our students and staff learn and work in is the highest priority of the Board of Education and Administration. However, the average age of the school buildings in Sayreville are approximately 60. Furthermore, due to being underfunded by the state of New Jersey and the very lean budgets over the past two decades, the facilities in the district are in desperate need of renovation and refurbishment. In fact, although the school district has made major strides in improving its facilities, there is still much more work to be done, which is why the Sayreville Board of Education recently agreed to pay its architect of record to begin the process of preparing a facilities improvement strategic plan, which includes a potential bond referendum, as well as other strategies, such as an energy savings improvement project, lease purchase agreement, and power purchase agreement; to make the necessary improvements to the working and learning environments of its students and staff.

 Essentially, projects will be for the purpose of substantially upgrading all school buildings, particularly the lighting, boilers and mechanicals, electrical infrastructure, windows, doors, roofs, and the potential installation of central air conditioning throughout each school, and especially in larger spaces, such as cafeterias, media centers, auditoriums, and gymnasiums, and all rooms on second floors. In addition, plans include the cost of potentially installing solar panels on the applicable roofs of our schools so that we can offset the added utility expense of air conditioning, the renovation of the Selover School so that it can be transformed into an 18-21 year old program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the construction of a new bus complex with a three bay garage, which will enable the district to repair and maintain a fleet of busses that it has been purposefully increasing over the past five years so that, to the best of its ability, it can ensure that Sayreville bus drivers are transporting the majority of its students.

 Thus, during September the district mobilized its Blue Ribbon Committee and Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council for the purpose of introducing the district’s facilities improvement strategic plan and soliciting feedback and suggestions with regard to a referendum. In addition, during the month of October, nearly two dozen presentations were made to the faculty and parents of students at each school in the district so that all school community members would be adequately informed enough to respond to a survey requesting both their feedback and direction with regard to a potential September 2020 Bond Referendum. If you have not yet seen the presentation, click here. Hence, after viewing the presentation, please take five minutes to complete a brief survey so that the Sayreville Board of Education can utilize your feedback, guidance, and assistance to make essential decisions on whether or not to proceed with a referendum, and if so, what to include in it. To access the survey, click here. Thank you so very much!

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