Sign The Petition
We, the undersigned residents of Princeton, urge the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education to move forward as quickly as possible to offer a public vote on all of our schools’ serious and time-sensitive needs.
The district-wide problems of overcrowding, security, and health and safety, will only worsen with delay.
We broadly support plans to:
Update the security and HVAC systems of all six schools
Renovate PHS to alleviate overcrowding, enable better student circulation, and provide more flexible and equitable learning spaces
Build a new school for 5th and 6th graders to alleviate overcrowding at the John Witherspoon Middle School and the four elementary schools
Purchase the property at Thanet Circle to provide necessary administrative and/or academic space, enable the creation of additional classrooms at PHS, and the building of a new 5-6 school
We believe that keeping the referendum as the two questions that the Board of Education proposed in July 2018, with the second question addressing the need for substantial additional space and other improvements at PHS, gives the Princeton community the choice of how quickly to proceed.
The September 22 public tour of PHS and subsequent community meeting with Superintendent Cochrane were enlightening and productive.
We encourage PPS to hold additional such community discussions of the needs and proposed solutions, and to do so as soon as possible. We also encourage PPS to use these discussions to address why Valley Road is the best location for the 5-6 school and concerns that community members have raised about traffic congestion and pedestrian safety at that site.
Opportunities for Community Engagement
Attend a tour of the High School
Saturday, Nov. 17@ 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1@ 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8@ 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
WHO WE ARE
Princeton voters will decide whether or not to approve a bond referendum to significantly expand the capacity and improve the security and functioning of all Princeton Public Schools. Yes for Princeton Schools is a group of parents, students, and other concerned community members who are advocating for the proposed PPS referendum. We see this proposal as not only imperative for maintaining safe, sustainable, and competitive schools now, but also as an opportunity to better plan for the future.
WHY WE SUPPORT THE REFERENDUM
Over-capacity schools threaten programming
Continued growth in enrollment has created large class sizes with every inch of space utilized
Safety and HVAC improvements desperately needed