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Congratulations to the entire Toms River Regional Community on the passing of the Referendum!

Come back here for progress reports on the work.

About the Initiative


After two years of discussion, planning, community feedback, and NJDOE review, on January 22, 2019, the Toms River Regional School District community was asked to vote to repair and restore facilities and grounds at our eighteen school buildings and five outbuildings across 52 square miles. The community came together and the referendum passed overwhelmingly.

During the 2017-2018 school year, 19 informational town hall-style meetings were held and projects discussed at public board meetings for the purpose of actively seeking public input in order to craft the best proposal.  In 2018-2019, regional meetings were held to present the final detailed proposals and to answer remaining questions.

In summary, the plan includes funding for:

  • safety and security upgrades
  • improving accessibility through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units and controls
  • door and window replacements
  • renovating and upgrading high wear and high use areas like science labs and playgrounds, with updated safety standards
  • repair and repaving of parking lots and driveways

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 This bond referendum addresses outdated facilities and repair needs to provide safe, affordable, accessible and equitable schools for all students and staff.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 $160 million in facilities repairs, renovations, and upgrades needed, nearly $40 million of which were deemed to be of the highest 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, the district is able to address a sizable number of projects through an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), with no net cost to taxpayers. For more information on this program, go to our ESIP page.

MISSION AND GOALS ALIGNMENT

These 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.

News and Updates

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Referendum Projects Being Set, Timelines Established
On the heels of the Jan. 22 public approval of the Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative and referendum, Toms River Regional Schools officials wasted no time getting to work.

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Toms River Voters Approve Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative
Referendum passes by more than 2,100 votes.

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Facebook Live Broadcast
Toms River Patch hosted district leaders for a Facebook Live event to discuss all facets of the Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative and referendum. Click "Learn more" to watch:

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Todd Frazier Urges Toms River Residents to Vote Jan. 22
Professional baseball star and TRRS grad Todd Frazier spoke at the Jan. 16 board meeting -- and even recorded a video filmed by TRSTV -- urging residents to get out and vote Jan. 22 on the referendum and Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative.

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Frankie Edgar Urges Toms River Residents to Vote Jan. 22
Champion MMA fighter and TRRS grad Frankie Edgar recorded a video filmed by TRSTV urging residents to get out and vote Jan. 22 on the referendum and Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative.

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Referendum video
This video produced by TRSTV and narrated by TRRS elementary student Noa Greenough highlights the referendum and provides context for the Jan. 22 vote.

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Regional Presentations January 2019
Master slide deck explaining the referendum and showing project and funding details for all schools and outbuilding facilities.

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Referendum Timeline Hits Overdrive
Toms River Regional Schools has scheduled three regional meetings to further discuss its Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative.

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Work in Progress
The High School South boiler replacement project-- the first ESIP item on the agenda--got underway this summer and has made significant progress since.

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'Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative' Takes Shape
Members of the Board of Education and Toms River Regional Schools administration met with representatives from the district’s engineering and consulting design firm June 26 to finalize a project list for its Rebuild Our Schools Initiative.

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Community Meetings Held
The district's series of school-based town hall-style meetings to discuss the initiative and associated facilities projects took place in February and March 2018.

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ESIP & Referendum Slide Deck
Now that the school-based meetings have been completed, a slide deck has been collated containing both the general presentation and details on all of the individual sites, which can also be accessed from each school web page.

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ESIP Program Application approved
ESIP allows the district to undertake millions of dollars in repairs at no cost over time.

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Why We Need the Referendum: In Photos