A special election will be held on Tuesday, December 10th To get the approval of residents for a project to address overcrowding in Edison schools. The total cost of the project is $189,500,000; the State will chip in $31 million. This amount does not include interest payment. According to information available on the website — abrighteredison.com — the referendum will add 122 new and renovated classrooms and will provide a seat for 2,919 students. The website notes that “Edison residents will on average see an estimated tax increase of $18.67 per month.” This projection is based on a home assessed at $179,600.” Based on a presentation made during an overcrowding PTO meeting on October 29th The whole project is estimated to be completed by 2025.
The plan includes additions to six schools — J.P Steven’s High School, Edison High School, John Adams Middle School, Lincoln School, James Madison Intermediate and John Marshall School. While the project adds new facilities such as gyms, labs, music rooms, special education classrooms, upgraded offices, cafeteria, and auditorium, the number of new classrooms demarcated on the “abrighteredison” website are as follows:
|School||Number of classrooms|
|Edison High School||15|
|John Adams Middle School||7|
|John Marshall Elementary||7|
|James Madison Intermediate||8|
|Lincoln Elementary School||9|
All new construction will have air-conditioning. Registered voters can vote on the proposal at their regular polling locations on Tuesday, December 10th Between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM. If the referendum fails, earliest the Edison Board of Education can bring it back to the voters will be March or April 2020. At that time, the Board of Education will have the option to bring back the same proposal or with tweaks. Based on discussion at various meetings organized by board members in their individual capacities, if the proposal changes, the Board of Education would need to re-apply for requisite permits, including permit from the state, before the referendum can be presented to the public again.