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Vote YES on December 11th

 When and Where do I vote?

December 11, 2018 is the vote to approve the $26.9 million bond referendum which contains the most immediate needs.  

 

Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.  

 

Polling Location #1 - Community Park School, 372 Witherspoon Street
Districts 5, 9, 10 11, 21 and 22. (
Those who usually vote at the Princeton Municipal Building, Community Park School and Princeton United Methodist Church)

 

Polling Location #2  - Riverside School, 58 Riverside Drive West
Districts 7, 8, 12, 17, 18 and 19 (Those who usually vote at the Carl Icahn Laboratory, Computer Science Building, Princeton Engine Company #1,Hook and Ladder Firehouse and Riverside School)

 

Polling Location #3  - Johnson Park School, 285 Rosedale Road
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6  (Those who usually vote at 
The Hun School, Johnson Education Center, Johnson Park School, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart and Suzanne Patterson Center)

 

Polling Location #4 - Littlebrook School, 39 Magnolia Lane
Districts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 20 (Those who usually vote at the Hook and Ladder Firehouse, Princeton Charter School, Littlebrook School)

 

Please call the Clerk’s Office at 609-924-5704 if you have questions.

 

VIEW A MAP OF VOTING DISTRICTS IN PRINCETON.

What Does the Referendum Include?

Princeton High School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1927

Current Enrollment: 1597 | Current Capacity: 1423

  • Upgrades to the control system for the mechanical and HVAC equipment will provide an initial phase of upgrade to improve performance of existing systems.

  • Security enhancements that include construction of a secure vestibule, visitor screening and management system, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • Renovation of the guidance and counseling area to foster a more inviting and confidential environment.

  • Creation of an additional level within the fitness center to add capacity and support for wrestling, fencing, and other active programs.

  • Creation of four additional classrooms, teacher support space, and a commons area near the fitness center.

  • Renovation of the bookstore space into a remote dining service area.

  • Electrical service upgrade and modifications.

  • Air conditioning in the gym which is currently not air conditioned.

  • Upgrade of the existing elevator.

  • Replacement of the shingle roofing areas on the building.

  • Improvements in the area of the drainage basin by the PAC wing to mitigate water intrusion into the building in this area.

 

Athletic and field upgrades: Safety netting will be erected between the lacrosse field, other fields and the building. A concession/bathroom and storage building will be erected in the field area. Drainage improvements around the tennis courts will be made to avoid water damage as they age. Some gym backboards will be replaced and the fitness center will be renovated as described above to create a partial second floor in the space, provide space for wrestling as well as other activities.

Total proposed investment at Princeton High School: $11,694,851 (Building upgrades: $10,815,111 Athletic field upgrades: $879,740)
 

John Witherspoon Middle School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1965

Current Enrollment: 756 | Current Capacity: 626

  • HVAC upgrades to 38 classrooms in three wings and the cafeteria along with electrical upgrades to support these improvements

  • Security enhancements that include construction of secure vestibules, visitor screening and management systems, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • A new covered and screened passageway between C and E wings will be created to facilitate passage between classes and enhance security.

  • Acoustic improvements in the cafeteria and commons (between the learning commons and the auditorium) will be installed to enhance usability of these areas.

  • The “old library” space will be renovated to provide additional instructional space and expand the adjacent nurse’s area.

  • Approximately 40 additional parking spaces will be constructed along Franklin Avenue.

 

Athletic and field upgrades: Improvement to softball infields, dugouts, upgraded backstops, a new scoreboard, and water access will be provided in the field areas.

Total proposed investment at John Witherspoon Middle School: $4,131,240 (Building upgrades: $3,973,870 Athletic field upgrades: $157,370)


 

Littlebrook Elementary School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1957

Current Enrollment: 373 | Current Capacity: 341

  • Upgrades to aged mechanical and HVAC equipment.

  • Security enhancements that include construction of secure vestibules, visitor screening and management systems, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • Additional doors installed within the buildings to compartmentalize and restrict access to areas, facilitating safety and after-hours use.

  • Electrical service upgrades and additional outlets in instructional areas.

  • Air conditioning added to 23 classrooms.

  • Air conditioning added to the cafeteria/multi-purpose room.

  • Upgrades to existing media center.

 

Total proposed investment at Littlebrook Elementary School:$2,881,930

Johnson Park Elementary School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1959

Current Enrollment: 372 | Current Capacity: 393

  • Upgrades to aged mechanical and HVAC equipment.

  • Security enhancements that include construction of secure vestibules, visitor screening and management systems, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • Electrical service upgrades and additional outlets in instructional areas.

  • Air conditioning added to 27 classrooms.

  • Air conditioning added to the cafeteria/multi-purpose room.

Total proposed investment at Johnson Park Elementary School: $2,929,360

 

Community Park Elementary School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1962

Current Enrollment: 379 | Current Capacity: 384

  • Upgrades to aged mechanical and HVAC equipment.

  • Security enhancements that include construction of secure vestibules, visitor screening and management systems, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • Electrical service upgrades and additional outlets in instructional areas.

  • Air conditioning added to 24 classrooms.

  • Air conditioning added to the cafeteria/multi-purpose room.

 

Total proposed investment at Community Park School: $2,687,649

Riverside Elementary School Proposed Projects - Constructed in 1959

Current Enrollment: 306 | Current Capacity: 306

  • Upgrades to aged mechanical and HVAC equipment.

  • Security enhancements that include construction of secure vestibules, visitor screening and management systems, door, hardware, and glass improvements related to safety.

  • Additional doors installed within the buildings to compartmentalize and restrict access to areas, facilitating safety and after-hours use.

  • Electrical service upgrades and additional outlets in instructional areas.

  • Air conditioning added to 17 classrooms.

  • Air conditioning added to the cafeteria/multi-purpose room.

Total proposed investment at Riverside Elementary School: $2,603,321

What Will The Referendum Cost Taxpayers?

For an average assessed home of $837,074, the estimated additional tax impact in the first year of the bond will be approximately $57. 

The amount of additional tax per $100,000 of assessed value in the first year of the bond is estimated to be $6.79. 

 

Estimated additional costs to taxpayers based on average assessed home of $837,074:

2020: $56.84 annually
2021: $61.20 annually
2022: $105.58 annually
2023: ($397.86) reduction annually

Why Do Princeton Schools Need a Referendum?

All of the Princeton Public Schools are currently at or over capacity.  District enrollment has grown by approximately 10% in the past five years, from 3,440 to 3,769 students. Conservative estimates indicate that enrollment will likely rise by another 10% or 380 students by 2022 and still another 8-10% by 2027, for a district-wide total of over 4,500 students.  Princeton High School and John Witherspoon Middle School are already out of classroom space, and each of our elementary schools will be over capacity within a few years. Without increasing our capacity by building a new 5/6 school and expanding Princeton High School, we will be forced to significantly increase class sizes, reduce elective offerings, and take other actions that compromise the educational excellence that is our district's hallmark. Moreover, we want to make important facilities improvements to enhance the safety and security of our students and staff, and also improve the HVAC and electrical systems in our aging buildings.