NORTH VOORHEES Board of Education Approves Referendum Ballot Language

In a unanimous vote at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 16, the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District (NHVRHSD) Board of Education approved the scope of work and ballot language for a November 8, 2016 bond referendum special election. If approved, the referendum will fund necessary facilities upgrades and renovations at North Hunterdon and Voorhees High Schools to maintain safe facilities and to improve students’ learning environment.

 

The combined cost of the projects funded by the referendum is $9.7 million. If approved on November 8, NHVRHSD will receive nearly 30 percent (29.65%) in state aid, reducing the local taxpayers’ share. The state aid, combined with the district’s retiring debt from the 2001 bond referendum (which was refinanced in 2009), will result in no tax increase in any of the 12 communities served by the district.

 

According to Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Bender, an approved referendum will fund no-frills, basic repairs and upgrades to the district’s aging facilities with a focus on energy-efficiency, safety and accessibility for students and community members.

 

“With windows, HVAC, bleachers and libraries dating back as far as the 1950s and 1970s, both high school campuses have critical needs,” said Bender. “Our schools continue to be ranked among the top in the state, and country, and now is the time to invest back into the campuses and take advantage of state aid while it’s available.”

 

NHVRHSD Board of Education President Sandra Seidorf echoed Bender’s focus on no-frills, necessary renovations and improvements.

 

“The community spoke when the district failed to pass a referendum last fall and we listened,” said Seidorf.  “Hearing the feedback last fall, the board of education and administration have since worked diligently to refocus the scope of work to ensure the district will maintain safe and accessible facilities for students, staff and the community.”

 

According to Seidorf, the board is proposing the new project package at an opportune time as interest rates are at historic lows, and if the referendum passes, the district will receive nearly $3 million in state aid.

 

“Fiscal responsibility to the community, balanced with our continued commitment to academic, athletic and extracurricular excellence, were key factors in the Board’s decision,” added Seidorf.

 

If approved on November 8, 2016, the NHVRHSD bond referendum will fund:

  • Replacement of windows at North Hunterdon High School
  • Replacement of all windows at Voorhees High School
  • Renovations of the library/technology center at North Hunterdon High School
  • Renovations of the library/technology center at Voorhees High School
  • Upgrades to HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system at North Hunterdon High School for 21 classrooms and ancillary spaces
  • Replacement of the stadium visitor bleachers with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) upgrades at Voorhees High School
  • Replacement of stadium visitor bleachers and tennis court bleachers at North Hunterdon High School
  • Addition of an ADA ramp to stadium home bleachers at Voorhees High School
  • Renovation of the athletic field house at North Hunterdon High School

 

Total Projected Cost Not to Exceed = $9,743,000

 

All projects and costs have been reviewed and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.  The 2016 referendum includes the replacement of windows at both high schools; these projects were not included in the 2015 referendum.  The addition of energy-efficient windows encompasses almost a third of the 2016 total package cost, which has contributed to the increase over last year’s referendum.

 

Passage of this referendum is not anticipated to raise taxes.  The Board will make its final annual debt service payment on its 2009 bond this year, and reasonably expects that the new annual debt service payment will be less than the annual payment on the 2009 bond.  For example, the average annual debt service tax for a $400,000 property was $41.96 under current bond, but it is expected to be reduced to $31.80 under the new bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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