Referendum

What We Are Proposing

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will request funding for a DISTRICT-WIDE FACILITIES RENOVATION PROGRAM to include potential INFRASTRUCTURE + CLASSROOM RENOVATION PROJECTS and an ADDITION, via a Referendum Vote on March 14, 2023.

Our Facilities in Need:

The oldest building sections in our school building are:
61 Years Old

Dealing with aging schools, some with original windows, doors, and other infrastructure items that have reached the end of their useful life expectancy. 

Bridgewater-Raritan residents will have the opportunity to consider two referendum questions that will greatly enhance both our school district and our community 

Question #1 - Zero Tax Impact
Comprised of all Capital/Educational & Facilities Infrastructure Projects listed herein.

Question #2 - Tax Impact
Comprised of a Middle School Addition which would allow for a 6th Grade re-alignment resulting in a traditional 6, 7, 8 Middle School and also free up space at the primary schools to allow for the implementation of a Full Day Kindergarten Program.

Referendum Priorities

Enhanced Learning Environments

Educational Programs drive the need to update facilities. The School Community believes that the students deserve facilities that support the academic, social, emotional, wellness and creative opportunities available to them.

 

Student & Staff Safety

The safety of the students and staff has always been a priority. However, now more than ever, it is crucial to ensure that our schools have all the physical systems and technologies available to protect our students & staff.

 

Keep Up-to-Date with Operations

So much of what keeps school/facilities running smoothly is the condition of the systems and infrastructure “behind the scenes.” The roofing, windows, heating systems, tech network, and much more are at the core of keeping a building running. Although they go unnoticed in day to day use, it is crucial to keep these systems in good condition.

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What Would Be Done

The proposed Referendum would provide much needed facilities upgrades and renovations that would allow our facilities to support an exciting and progress curriculum. Projects include:

Why Now?

  • While the Board of Education and Administration have successfully addressed many facility needs over the years, the amount of work necessary cannot be completed within the operating budget; WE NEED TO DO MORE...
  • We are dealing with aging schools, (OLDEST = 61.0 YEARS OLD) Some with original windows, doors, and other infrastructure items that have reached the end of their life expectancy.
  • Current INTEREST RATES are on the rise and we’d like to secure the rate while still somewhat reasonable.
  • UP TO 34% DEBT SERVICE AID is available on eligible projects. If approved by the Department of Education, this could mean MILLIONS in savings for Bridgewater-Raritan!
  • CURRENT DEBT SERVICE AID PAYMENTS ARE ENDING and therefore, the new debt being assumed under the March Referendum, won’t be adding to the an already existing debt.

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