IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ewing Public Schools Bond Referendum Approved
October 3, 2018
Voters in Ewing Township went to the polls yesterday and approved the Board of Education’s EPS Referendum ’18.
The approved $59.3 million bond referendum will update and improve the district’s facilities. “We are so pleased at the passage of EPS Referendum ’18,” School Board President Karen McKeon stated. “The projects in the approved referendum will create safer, healthier, and more modern schools.”
The now approved referendum will ensure Ewing Public Schools are well positioned for many years to come, according to Superintendent Michael Nitti, who said the projects included in the referendum would:
- Enhance School Safety and Security;
- Provide Healthier and More Sustainable Schools; and
- Improve Instructional Space and Enhance Student Facilities.
Specifically, projects would restore or replace the roof for all district schools, modernize all school fire/distress alarm systems, expand and improve the district’s camera system, and install security enhancements for school interior and exterior doors. Other projects include the renovation of the Ewing High School Performing Arts Auditorium, Ewing High School art, music and technology classrooms would be modernized, and improvements would be made to student lockers at Fisher Middle School, selected classrooms, and the media centers in the elementary schools.
Additionally, the referendum projects would completely revitalize the district’s environmental systems and provide air conditioning to Ewing High School’s main and auxiliary gymnasiums.
“The passing of the referendum will allow us to create healthier classrooms by enhancing air filtration and humidity control while also improving cost efficiency and sustainability,” Nitti commented.
Athletic facilities at Ewing High School and Fisher Middle School will be enhanced, both schools’ gymnasiums will be renovated, and athletic grounds at Ewing High School will be improved. The referendum will also create a district tennis center, which would enable the district to improve student parking and traffic flow at Ewing High School.
“The Board of Education always has believed this referendum balanced fiscal responsibility with the obligation to give our students a safe, healthy modern place to attend school,” McKeon commented.
According to School Business Administrator Dennis Nettleton, 91.3 percent of the projects proposed in the referendum are eligible for up to 40 percent in New Jersey debt service aid funding. The referendum debt service will replace the disappearing district debt – so taxpayers are likely to see less of an impact. In the 2017–18 school year, there was a tax decrease of approximately $123 on homes assessed at the township average of $123,100. An anticipated $25 increase for the 2018–2019 school year was eliminated by a Board of Education after the district received a hard-earned increase in state aid.
Nettleton also noted that the increased efficiency and sustainability afforded by a number of the proposed projects will translate into future budgetary savings. There are also energy savings projects included that would be eligible for future incentive grants.
“Now that the referendum has passed, the Board will begin working with the architect to establish a workable timeline for implementing the projects to ensure the least disruption to our students and faculty,” explained McKeon. “This is an exciting time for Ewing Public Schools, and we are deeply appreciative of the support of the community.”
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