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At Washington Street Elementary School, rain escapes from outside through old windows and into classrooms. Problems like this will be addressed thoroughly if the district's referendum request-- on the ballot for a Jan. 22 vote-- is approved by Toms River residents.

District Schedules Multiple Regional Meetings in Advance of Jan. 22 Vote

UPDATE (Jan. 3, 2018): Click here to hear an audio file recorded reminder about the upcoming regional referendum meetings from a High School North student.

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

The district is hopeful the community will approve, through a Jan. 22, 2019 referendum vote, to repair and restore facilities at its 18 school buildings, three outbuildings, and grounds across its 52 square miles.

During the 2017-2018 school year, informational town hall-style meetings were held and the projects discussed at public board meetings for the purpose of actively seeking public feedback in order to craft the best proposal. Those meetings proved immensely productive; the district, however, was forced to place the Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative on a brief hold to intensify its focus on millions in lost state aid thanks to a revised state funding formula.

As that battle continues in full force, district leaders now have a rescheduled referendum voting date of Jan. 22 and a renewed commitment to the crucial initiative. Three regional public meetings have been scheduled in advance of the Jan. 22 vote.

  • Jan. 3, 2019: East Side Regional meeting at High School East auditorium, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 7, 2019: North Side Regional meeting at High School North auditorium, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 8, 2019: South Side Regional meeting at High School South auditorium, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

All district families and Toms River residents are strongly encouraged to attend one or several meetings to learn more about the initiative, the referendum, and its associated projects. 

While a comprehensive facilities assessment revealed more than $153 million in necessary repairs for buildings that were described as “crumbling” in community surveys, the district pared down the referendum request to approximately $100 million across 25 years. Through its ESIP program, Toms River Regional Schools has managed to target and undertake projects-- such as the boiler room replacement at High School South-- within the confines of the cost-neutral program which will save taxpayers $17 million.

Some of the projects that the question on the referendum ballot will address include:

  • 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)
  • safety and security upgrades
  • school-based projects, like secondary science labs and elementary playgrounds

This information and much more-- including timelines, photo galleries, the latest news, and even a tax calculator-- is accessible on the district’s Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative webpage.

boiler room

Completed projects like the boiler room at High School South-- funded entirely by the ESIP program which is self-funding with no impact on taxpayers-- exhibit the district's efforts toward cost effectiveness. Nonetheless, the upcoming referendum will, Toms River Regional leaders hope, address a number of high-priority facilities repairs, improvements, and upgrades throughout the district. The vote is Jan. 22.

Left: Earlier this year, representatives from the New Jersey Department of Education visited High School South and its renovated boiler room. To the left, Board President Russell Corby and Superintendent David Healy explain to NJDOE Deputy Assistant Commissioner A.R. Hasan and Maryellen Cervenak how ESIP fully-funded the project.

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