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District: Toms River Schools Behind on Nearly $153 Million in Repairs

TOMS RIVER-The Toms River school district has announced it needs nearly $153 million in funding if it wants to implement capital improvements that have been overlooked in recent annual operating budgets.

The district identified five key areas where that $153 million would be spent if voters eventually allow it.  The money would need to be raised in a school board referendum vote where residents could eventually vote on the spending.

“In the fall of 2018, the Toms River Regional School District will be asking the community to approve a Bond Referendum to repair and restore facilities at our eighteen school buildings, three outbuildings, and grounds across our 52 square mile district,” the district said in a statement. “Leading up to that date, it will hold frequent informational meetings and actively seek public feedback in order to craft the best proposal.”

The referendum will pose a question on the ballot that would fund:

  • repair and repaving of parking lots and driveways
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • door and window replacements
  • improving accessibility through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • school-based projects, like secondary science labs and elementary playgrounds

 

The district will host meetings in a district-wide roadshow that will take place at each of the district’s schools.

  • February 6, 6:30 p.m.: Silver Bay Elementary
  • February 6, 8 p.m.: High School North
  • February 8, 6:30 p.m.: West Dover Elementary
  • February 8, 8 p.m.: High School South
  • February 13, 6:30 p.m.: Pine Beach Elementary
  • February 13, 8 p.m.: High School East
  • February 27, 6:30 p.m.: Hooper Avenue Elementary
  • February 27, 8 p.m.: Intermediate East
  • March 1, 6:30 p.m.: South Toms River Elementary
  • March 1, 8 p.m.: Intermediate South
  • March 6, 6:30 p.m.: North Dover Elementary
  • March 6, 8 p.m.: Intermediate North
  • March 13, 6:30 p.m.: Beachwood Elementary
  • March 13, 8 p.m.: Washington Street Elementary
  • March 22, 6:30 p.m.: Joseph Citta Elementary
  • March 22, 8 p.m.: Walnut Street Elementary
  • March 27, 6:30 p.m.: Cedar Grove Elementary and ELC
  • March 27, 8 p.m.: East Dover Elementary
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