Town Hall meetings to discuss the upcoming Referendum and school facilities projects run from Feb. 6 through March 27.
In the fall of 2018, the Toms River Regional School District will be asking the community to approve a Bond Referendum to repair and restore facilities at our eighteen school buildings, three outbuildings, and grounds across our 52 square mile district. Leading up to that date, it will hold frequent informational meetings and actively seek public feedback in order to craft the best proposal.
The referendum will pose a question on the ballot that would fund:
repair and repaving of parking lots and driveways
- heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
- door and window replacements
- improving accessibility through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- school-based projects, like secondary science labs and elementary playgrounds
The Toms River Regional Board of Education, staff, and administration have made it a priority to provide learning environments that meet both the physical and social-emotional needs of our students while preparing them for success in a highly competitive, technological, and globally-connected society. This bond referendum addresses outdated facilities and repair needs to provide safe, affordable, accessible and equitable schools for all students and staff.
The basis for determining and prioritizing these projects has been the Facilities Condition Assessment undertaken by the Board of Education in 2015 (see link at left). The FCA revealed over $153 million in facilities repairs, renovations, and upgrades needed, nearly $40 million of which were deemed to be high priority. Over the past three years, these have been assessed through meetings with engineering consultants and discussed with public feedback at public Board of Education meetings beginning in November of 2015.
In addition to the referendum, the district will be able to address a sizable number of projects through the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP). For more information on this program, go to our ESIP page.
MISSION AND GOALS ALIGNMENT
Both the ESIP and referendum projects stem from the district's larger mission of "creating a safe and positive learning environment where children can develop the confidence and capabilities to face the challenges of our rapidly changing world."
On that basis, the Board adopts goals each year. One of those in 2017-2018 pertains to facilities and states: "Based on the 2015-16 comprehensive facilities assessment, continue to finalize priority project plans in the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) for implementation while developing referendum plans."
Thanks to the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and other benefactors, and thoughtful use of district finances, we have been able to provide exemplary learning opportunities at every one of our nineteen learning locations as highlighted in the video below. As the plan develops, and then, ideally, as work begins, we will post other videos for the community.